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CBI to SC: Move Sohrabuddin case trial out of Gujarat

Stating that the Sohrabuddin fake encounter probe could go beyond former Gujarat minister Amit Shah, the CBI on Friday asked the Supreme Court to move the case out of Gujarat as a fair trial wasn't possible in a hostile atmosphere. Satya Prakash reports.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2010 01:06 IST
Satya Prakash

Stating that the Sohrabuddin fake encounter probe could go beyond former Gujarat minister Amit Shah, the CBI on Friday asked the Supreme Court to move the case out of Gujarat as a fair trial wasn't possible in a hostile atmosphere.

In its report filed on Friday, the CBI said it suspected a nexus between politicians and senior police officials of Gujarat and Rajasthan, sources said.

Without naming Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in the report, the CBI is understood to have said it may have to probe political leaders of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Sources, however, said an "internal memo" annexed to the report referred to Modi and then DGP P C Pandey.

Apparently, the CBI wants to expand the case's ambit to include the murder of Tulsiram Prajapati, a witness in the Sohrabuddin case.

Sources said, the CBI has also stated that it expected to get more information after examining senior police officials including, Pande and Geeta Johri.

Sohrabuddin Sheikh — an alleged gangster — was shot by the Gujarat police in a fake encounter on November 26, 2005.

Later, his wife Kauserbi, too, was killed and cremated.

When contacted, senior counsel K T S Tulsi, who is representing the CBI, said: "I am totally opposed to media trial and I request the media not to go into the details of evidence as it would prejudice either the prosecution or the accused."