SC rules out CBI inquiry into Sheikh's killing

Updated on May 17, 2007 02:54 PM IST
Posting the hearing for Jul 16, the court however asks the police to directly report to it.
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PTI | By, New Delhi

In a relief of sorts for the Gujarat government, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the plea for a CBI inquiry into the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi by the state police.

A bench of Justices Tarun Chaterjee and PK Balasubramanyam, however, ruled that the Inspector General (IG) of Police Geeta Johri would directly report to the apex court on the issue and posted the matter for further hearing on July 16.

While rejecting the CBI probe, the Bench said it would personally monitor the investigation.

Sohrabuddin's brother Rubabuddin Sheikh had last week sought a direction from the Supreme Court for a CBI enquiry into the alleged killing of his sister-in-law Kauser Bi by Gujarat Police.

Gujarat Police in an action-taken-report before the apex court has admitted that Kauser Bi was killed and her body was burnt a few days after her husband Sohrabddin was killed in a fake encounter.

In an affidavit filed by Rubabuddin, he said that he has no faith in Gujarat Police and the investigation be handed over to the CBI.

He also sought that senior police officer Rajneesh Rai be reinstated to investigate the case.

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