The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that the investigation by the Gujarat police in the fake encounter case seemed headed in the right direction. “The investigation is going on reasonably and vigorously,” a Bench of Justices Tarun Chatterjee and P K Balasubramanyan said while reserving till May 17 its verdict on the plea for a CBI probe into the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi.
“It appears the investigation has been set afoot going on in an apparently correct direction. Is it advisable to take it (from the Gujarat police) and entrust it to the CBI,” the Bench asked Attorney General Milon K Banerjee, who pitched for a CBI probe.
Banerjee also submitted that the court should monitor the progress of the case on the lines of some other cases like the Kargil purchase scam case. To this, the Bench observed: “Is this the business we are supposed to do? We have other things to do.”
Counsel for Gujarat K T S Tulsi submitted that on the basis of material collected, the investigation was proceeding in the right direction.
“It will be speedy,” he said but sought four to six weeks to complete the probe and file a chargesheet. He also said the probe into the alleged murder of key witness Tulsiram Prajapati had been de-linked from the Sohrabuddin-Kausar Bi killings investigation. Gujarat Police IG (CID) Geetha Johri was also present.
The Gujarat government, in its latest report, said the driver of the vehicle used by the arrested IPS officers had made a confessional statement about his role. Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanium pointed out that there was no word on Kausar Bi in the affidavits filed by the state.