"Something amiss" in Gujarat encounter killing probe, SC told
The Supreme Court was informed that investigations by Gujarat's SIT in the fake encounter killing of alleged gangster Syed Sohrabuddin were not proceeding in a desired manner.Updated: Sep 17, 2008, 16:46 IST
The Supreme Court was on Wednesday informed that investigations by Gujarat's Special Investigations Team (SIT) in the fake encounter killing of alleged gangster Syed Sohrabuddin were not proceeding in a desired manner.
"There is something seriously amiss about the whole investigation," Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, who has been appointed an amicus curiae (court officer) by the apex court, told a bench of Justices Tarun Chatterjee and Mukundakam Sharma.
Senior counsel Dushyant Dave, appearing for Syed Rubabuddin brother of the deceased, also complained that the Gujarat police was conducting tardy investigations as various police officials, including the Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police, have not been examined.
The AP police is believed to have provided logistical support to the Gujarat police in picking up Sohrabuddin Hyderabad and killing him in an allegedly encounter in November 2005.
Dave suggested that the apex court should also scrutinise the chargesheet filed by the Gujarat police.
However, senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi on behalf of the Gujarat Government opposed the suggestion.
He said scrutinising of the chargesheet was the duty of the trial court before which it has been filed. "It is not for this court (apex court) to examine the chargesheet," he submitted.