Sohrabuddin case - ATR submitted in Supreme Court

The Gujarat CID has submitted its Action Taken Report in the 2005 case to the apex court, a senior official says.
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Updated on Jul 12, 2007 04:41 PM IST
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PTI | By, Ahmedabad

The Gujarat CID, probing the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, has submitted its Action Taken Report (ATR) in the 2005 case to the Supreme court, a senior official said on Thursday.

"The ATR was submitted to the Supreme Court on July 3. All the steps and actons taken by the investigating agency in connection with the fake encounter case has been mentioned in the report," the CID official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

The CID has so far arrested 13 police officials of the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Rajasthan Special Task Force (STF), including of IPS rank, which jointly carried out the fake encounter killing of Sheikh in the city outskirts in November 2005.

Sheikh, an alleged extortionist operating in Rajasthan, was then branded by the police as a Laskher-e-Taiba operative assigned to kill top political leaders in Gujarat, including Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"Details of the ATR cannot be revealed as the report has been tabled before the SC. Investigation in the case is not yet over but the chargesheet will be filed by July 24 in an Ahmedabad court," the official said.

Apart from the arrests of the police officials, including DG Vanzara (a DIG ranked Gujarat cadre officer who headed the operation), the probe team has also gathered evidence against the fake encounter team's entire operation, the offical said.

CID teams headed by IPS officer Geetha Johri, the supervisory officer in the case, also travelled to Hyderabad and have got statements from the bus passengers who witnessed Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi being taken away by plaincloth policemen from near the Andhra Pradesh-Maharashtra border.

The agency also has statements of the driver and conductor of the bus in which Sheikh and his wife were travelling.

According to the CID, the husband-wife duo were illegally confined in two seperate farm houses in Gandhinagar and killed one after the other by the same team of policemen.

The CID made its first bold move in the case by arresting Vanzara and two other IPS officers and then followed it up by building pressure on the lower rung officials to either surrender or face arrest.

Among the lower rung officials arrested, three are from Rajasthan STF who were the one's who pulled the trigger on Sheikh and tried to portray that the victim had tried to fire at the police.

There were demands from various quarters to handover the probe into the high-profile case to CBI, but the Supreme Court allowed the state agency to go ahead with the investigation.

The encounter issue also figured in Parliament, where Gujarat's BJP Government came under attack from its political opponents.

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