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9 cops charged in Tulsi case

The Gujarat CID has charge sheeted nine policemen in the Tulsi Prajapati killing case even as the CBI on Friday finished its interrogation of former minister Amit Shah for two other murders. HT reports.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2010 01:18 IST
HT Correspondent

The Gujarat CID has charge sheeted nine policemen in the Tulsi Prajapati killing case even as the CBI on Friday finished its interrogation of former minister Amit Shah for two other murders.

The charges against Shah relate to the alleged elimination of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife, Kauser Bi.

On Prajapati's death, the CBI and Gujarat police hold divergent positions.

The CBI thinks Prajapati was killed because some policemen feared he would speak against them as he knew of the circumstances leading to Sohrabuddin's death. The Gujarat police say the cause was different.

However, both agree the case had been stage-managed.

Sohrabuddin, Kauser Bi and Prajapati were picked up by a joint team of Gujarat and Rajasthan police in Andhra Pradesh in 2005 and taken to a farmhouse in Gujarat owned by BJP corporator Rajesh Jirawala.

On November 26, Sheikh was killed in an alleged staged encounter, while Kauser Bi was eliminated a few days later. Prajapati was killed in 2006.

Jailed DIG D G Vanzara figures on the Tulsi Prajapati list also.

"We have finished the interrogation of Shah in jail," said a CBI official.

After being charge sheeted by the CBI, Shah surrendered before the agency on July 25 and was sent to judicial custody.

Shah's bail application is scheduled for hearing on August 2 at the CBI court. The agency has sought from the I-T department details on Shah's income.

The charge sheet on the Prajapati murder case was filed in a court in Banaskantha district, where he was killed.

"We have charge sheeted nine cops for the staged killing of Prajapati. A supplementary charge sheet will be filed against Vanzara and Dinesh M N (Rajasthan cadre IPS), who are the prime accused along with Ashish Pandya (sub-inspector) and Vipul Agarwal (Gujarat cadre IPS)," Investigating Officer R K Patel told HT.