The CBI has registered a case against Gujarat police officials to probe the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, claimed to be a gangster, and his wife Kausarbi in 2005.
The CBI took up the case on directions of the Supreme Court, which came down heavily on the Gujarat Government for failing to conduct impartial investigations and attempting to "mislead" the apex court by filing conflicting action taken reports (ATRs).
CBI registered a case yesterday against Gujarat police officials and others under various sections of IPC including criminal conspiracy, murder and kidnapping, CBI sources said.
A team would arrive in Ahmedabad tomorrow to take over the case property from the Gujarat CID department which had filed a chargesheet against 14 police officials including DIG D G Vanzara and IPS officers Rajkumar Pandyan and Dinesh Kumar, the sources said.
The case has turned to be a major embarrassment for the Narendra Modi Government in the Supreme Court, which slammed the Gujarat government's, probe saying that there were factual discrepancies in the ATRs and the chargesheet. "We feel that the police authorities of the state of Gujarat had failed to carry out a fair and impartial investigation as we initially wanted them to do.
"It cannot be questioned that the offences the high police officials have committed was of grave nature which needs to be strictly dealt (with)," the apex court said while directing the CBI probe.