Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter: Bombay HC hears plea against discharge of four cops
Rubabuddin Sheikh and the CBI have challenged the discharge of IPS officers Dhayaji Vanzara, Dinesh MN, Dr. Narendra Amin, and a constable from Rajasthan, Dalpat Singh Rathodmumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2018 00:28 IST
The Bombay high court on Friday began its final hearing of pleas challenging the discharge of four policemen in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
His brother, Rubabuddin Sheikh has filed three applications challenging the discharge of IPS officers Dhayaji Vanzara and Dinesh MN, and a constable from Rajasthan, Dalpat Singh Rathod.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also challenged the discharge of Rathod and IPS officer Dr Narendra Amin.
According to the CBI, on November 23 2005, a team of policemen from the Gujarat anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and members of the special task force of Rajasthan police abducted Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a local gangster, while he was travelling with his wife Kausarbi and friend Tulsiram Prajapati.
Sheikh was killed and his wife disappeared. He had been accused of extorting money from marble traders in Rajasthan. The CBI has alleged that the traders had given the Gujarat and Rajasthan police a “contract” for killing Sheikh.
A year later, Prajapati was killed on November 29 2006 in Gujarat. He had been arrested in a case at Udaipur and was being transferred from Ahmedabad to Gujarat when the killing took place.
Additional solicitor general Anil Singh,representing the CBI, said that Rathod’s role was limited to concocting a false story stating that Prajapati escaped from police custody with the help of two others. Rathod was not travelling with the escoting police party, said Singh.
Rathod’s counsel, advocate Niranjan Mundargi, said that there is no evidence to connect the constable with the conspiracy.
Mahesh Jethmalani, who argued on behalf of Dr Narendra Amin, said that the police officer had been roped in by the CBI unnecessarily.
The matter has been posted for further hearing on Monday.
First Published: Feb 10, 2018 00:24 IST