Soharab case: HC grants bail to Rajendra Jeerawala

The Gujarat HC granted bail to Rajendra Jeerawala, an accused in the 2005 Soharabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Monday granted bail to Arham farm house owner Rajendra Jeerawala, an accused in the 2005 Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Justice Z K Sayaid granted bail to Jeerawala but has barred him to enter Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar districts. He was released on Rs one lakh personal bond and has been asked to appear before CBI at its Gandhinagar office every month.

The CBI, which is investigating the fake encounter case of Soharabuddin Sheikh and alleged murder of his wife Kausar Bi had arrested Jeerawala on July 27.

Jeerawala, who owns the Arham farm where Soharabuddin Sheikh and Kauser Bi were kept before they were killed, had applied for bail in the last week of November.
The Court said without entering into the merit of the case, looking at the role attributed to Jeerawala he needs to be granted bail.

The Court further said that looking at the charges against Jeerawala he does not seem to be involved in the larger conspiracy of the encounter as projected by the investigating agency.

Jeerawala has contended in his bail plea that he was innocent and was not involved in the fake encounter case.
He has further said that since he was innocent he should not be kept in jail and should be released immediately.

The CBI had opposed the granting of the bail to Jeerawala by saying he was involved in the entire conspiracy leading to the encounter of Sohrabuddin and murder of his wife.