Apex court orders CBI to probe Sohrabuddin’s killing:
The Supreme Court Tuesday transferred to the Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) the probe into the killings of Ujjain resident
Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi by a Gujarat police team
Gandhinagar: A day after the
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a fresh First
Information Report in the staged police killing of Sohrabuddin, a
team of CBI sleuths arrived here Wednesday to take charge of
documents related to the four-year-old case.
Amitabh Thakur, superintendent of police of the CBI special crime
unit at Mumbai, will be the chief investigating officer heading the
team that of over 25 officers and men. Presently functioning out of
the CBI office here, the investigators have approached the Gujarat
government for accommodation to house their office.
Entrusted with the
investigation of the case under orders of the Supreme Court, the CBI
Tuesday filed a fresh FIR so that it could take a new look into the
The apex court had
initially entrusted Gujarat cadre IPS officer Geetha Johri with the
case, but unhappy at the tardy pace and loopholes that remained, the
court handed the probe over to the CBI.
The fresh FIR was
filed against 13 officers and men from the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS)
of the Gujarat police and men of the Rajasthan Special Task Force (STF).
The key people in the dock are Gujarat cadre IPS officers Deputy
Inspector General D.G. Vanzara, Superintendent of Police R.K.
Pandian and Deputy SP N.K. Amin, besides IPS officer M.N. Dinesh and
Abdul Rehman of the STF.
The Supreme Court
order is a sequel to a petition by Rubabuddin, brother of
Sohrabuddin, alleging malafide killing of his brother and his wife
by the cops in a staged shootout.
was killed between Narol Circle and Vishala Toll point in Ahmedabad
on Nov 26, 2005, in a joint operation of Gujarat and Rajasthan
Police. The ATS-STF team initially termed it as an “encounter death”
of jihadi conspirators out to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Kauserbi also disappeared. Investigations initiated at the behest of
the apex court brought out that she too had been killed by the
policemen on Nov 29, 2005. Another key witness and Sohrabuddin’s
close aide Tulsiram Prajapati too was killed on Dec 28, 2006.
state government is on record admitting before the Supreme Court on
March 23, 2007, that the Sohrabuddin shootout was fake.
An advance party
of the CBI team has been taking charge of the huge pile of documents
of the previous investigations. Deputy Superintendent of Police
Manish Surti, a Gujarati, has been at work since the past one week
examining the documents which are in Gujarati. These will require to
be translated before the finer part of investigations begin.