Another accused has been discharged by a special CBI court in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case because of lack of evidence. Andhra Pradesh IPS officer N Balasubramanyam (currently an inspector general of police) was discharged after the court observed there was no material on record to show his involvement in the case. Balasubramanyam is the tenth accused in the case to have been discharged.
According to the CBI’s case, the IPS officer helped the Gujarat and Rajasthan police keep a watch on Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi in Hyderabad.
The prosecution said when the Gujarat and Rajasthan police were on their secret mission to catch Sohrabuddin, Balasubramanyam had allegedly arranged for their stay in a government mess.
The agency alleged according to call data records, Balasubramanyam, who was then posted as superintendent of police in Ongole district, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, was in constant touch with one of the key accused in the case — DG Vanzara, then deputy inspector general of police, Gujarat.
However, it was contended by the defence that there was no evidence to show Balasubramanyam was in touch with the accused in the encounter case and he was part of the conspiracy of the fake encounter. It was also contended the officer was not part of any such secret mission nor was aware of it.
Shaikh and his wife Kauser Bi were allegedly abducted by Gujarat’s anti-terrorism squad from Sangli, Maharashra and killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.
Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness to the encounter, was allegedly killed by the police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 2006.