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Mumbai court verdict in Sohrabuddin 'encounter' on Dec 21

IANS  |  Mumbai 

A will pronounce on December 21 its judgement in the politically sensitive Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram Prajapati twin encounters case and the rape-cum-murder of of

The final arguments in the case, which were taken up on December 3, ended on December 5 before CBI

The "fake encounters" of alleged gangsters Sohrabuddin and Prajapati and the disappearance of the former's wife took place in 2005-06, kicking off a major political storm.

The prosecution's case was that Sohrabuddin was linked with terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Tayiba and was allegedly conspiring to assassinate "an important political leader", presumably then (and now Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.

A total of 37 people were named as accused in the case, of which 16 were discharged in 2014, including 15 by the and one by the

Among those discharged were then and now President Amit Shah, then Rajasthan G.C. Kataria, 'encounter specialist' and former from Gujarat D.G. Vanzara, who then headed the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Gujarat, and 12 other police officials.

The trial had been shifted from Gujarat to by a order in September 2012. A total of 210 prosecution witnesses were examined, of which 92 turned hostile.






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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 13:18 IST