Sohrabuddin murder case shifted to Mumbai
The apex court bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash
Desai transferred the trial in the case to Mumbai. Sohrabuddin was
killed by Gujarat Police Nov 25, 2005, in a staged shootout. Two
days later, his wife Kausar Bi was killed. His aide Tulsiram
A Mumbai court Friday remanded nine accused in the Sohrabuddin
Sheikh staged shootout case to judicial custody till Dec 7, a
The Supreme Court had shifted the trial to Mumbai in September.
Nine of the 19 police officers accused in the case were brought to
Mumbai Friday amid tight security, following which they were
presented before the Additional Metropolitan Magistrate A.A. Khan,
who remanded them to judicial custody till Dec 7.
Khan directed the Superintendent of the Arthur Road prison to
submit a report by Monday on whether the nine accused can be
If the accused cannot be lodged at Arthur Road prison, they will
be lodged in another jail in the city or state, Khan said.
However, the state of Gujarat, in an application to the
magistrate, said "there is imminent threat and danger to the life
and safety of the accused", and that an attack has been planned
The application urged the metropolitan court to conduct the
proceedings of the case via the video conference facility
available at Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad, Gujarat where they were
Khan, however, rejected the application.
The nine include suspended IPS officers D.G. Vanzara, Rajkumar
Pandian and Dinesh M.N.
Vanzara enjoys Z-category security.
Two other accused police officers, Abhay Chudasama and N.K. Amin,
did not appear before the court due to health problems, and are
lodged at Nadiad jail and Vadodara Central Jail in Gujarat,
On Sep 27, the Supreme Court had shifted the case to Mumbai
following CBI appeal that witnesses might be intimidated if the
trial is run in Ahmedabad.