Officer admits role in Sheikh’s murder
One of the police officers arrested in connection with the alleged fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh has confessed to his involvement in the murder before a magistrate, the Gujarat government told the Supreme Court on Monday.
According to sources, in an action taken report (ATR) submitted to the apex court, Inspector General of Police Geeta Johri, who is heading the probe, said that the arrested police officer had confessed to his involvement in the crime in a statement recorded under Section 164 of the CrPc.
However, it was not known whether the confession was made by one of the three arrested IPS officers or their juniors who were subsequently arrested.
The confession made by the officer reportedly corroborated the material and circumstantial evidence gathered by the investigating team that is probing the killing.
The report — submitted to the court on Monday by senior counsel K.T.S. Tulsi — comes a day before the apex court is to decide on the question of ordering a CBI probe into the killings of Sohrabuddin, his wife Kauser Bi and an accomplice Tusliram Prajapati.
The ATR also said that three more police officers had been arrested in the case and more arrests were likely to follow.
Johri said that the role of the Andhra Pradesh police was also being investigated and a report would be submitted to the court on the findings.
Referring to the controversy surrounding her shift from the probe, Johri said there was no malafide intention behind her initial transfer.
The apex court had on May 3 said it was of the view that a prima facie case had been made out for issuance of Rule Nisi (notices) calling the Centre and Gujarat government to show cause why a CBI probe should not be ordered into the matter.
Reserving its final order for May 15 on the CBI probe demand, a Bench, however, said it felt that some more time may be granted to the Gujarat government before any further action was taken on the plea for a CBI probe.
The court said that since Tulsi, counsel for the Gujarat government, had said in an ATR that the body of Kausar Bi, who was also allegedly killed by the police, was disposed of, it was desisting from issuing a formal writ.