The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court has issued summons to former junior home minister of Gujarat Amit Shah, who is also Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's close aide, and other accused in the Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case.
The court on Friday asked Shah and other accused to attend the proceedings on May 23.
The CBI had filed a chargesheet in the case on September 29, 2012 against Shah and other 18 others including many police officers.
The papers of the Prajapati case were transferred to the Mumbai CBI court last month from Gujarat and Friday was the first date of hearing.
Indian Police Service (IPS) officer OP Mathur and deputy superintendent of police RK Patel from Gujarat also appeared before the sessions court and surrendered.
The court later released them on bail and asked them to attend the court proceedings whenever required.
The court, however, rejected the bail application of another IPS officer DG Vanjara.
Advocate Vinod Gujjar, appearing on behalf of Vanjara said, “We had filed the application on the ground that my client has spent more than seven years behind bars.”
Vanzara, who is lodged at Sabarmati Central Jail for the past seven years, has also been chargesheeted in Ishrat Jahan encounter case. His bail application in this case has been pending.
Vanzara figures in Sohrabuddin encounter case as accused No 1. He is alleged to have masterminded the fake encounter in which Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were killed by police officials.
In the chargesheet filed by CBI in the case, it was mentioned that Sohrabuddin and Kauser Bi were allegedly abducted by Gujarat's anti-terrorism squad from Hyderabad and killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.
Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness to the encounter, was allegedly killed by the police in Banaskantha district's Chapri village in December 2006.
The central probe agency had claimed that Tulsiram was an eye-witness in Sohrabuddin encounter and that was why he was killed in a fake encounter by the accused, many of whom are also accused in the Sohrabuddin case.?
(With IANS inputs)