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Final arguments in Sohrabuddin case end, CBI says hostile witnesses hampered probe

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The during the final hearing of the Sohrabuddin Shaikh and alleged fake encounter case told a court here Wednesday that hostile witnesses hampered the probe.

The final arguments in the matter began Monday and ended after lawyers of all the 22 accused made their submissions before special S J Sharma.

Most of the accused are policemen from and

According to the CBI, Shaikh, a suspected gangster with terror links, and his wife were killed in alleged fake encounters in 2005 by the Police.

His Prajapati, who had witnessed the twin killings, was shot dead in another staged encounter in 2006 by police personnel from and Rajasthan, the central agency has said in its charge sheet.

The case was initially probed by Gujarat CID before being transferred to the in 2010 by the

All the three incidents were clubbed into one case by the apex court.

During the trial, the prosecution examined 210 witnesses, of which 92 turned hostile.

CBI B P Raju Wednesday said they entered into the frame after five years and witness examination began 12 years after the crime was committed due which there were some "lacuna" in the probe.

He said some of their star witnesses turned hostile during their trial which hampered the case.

Responding to the same, Sharma said, "I don't blame the CID. I don't blame the CBI. There are statements and witnesses. If they come here and say something else, it's not your fault. You did your job."

The case was shifted to from Gujarat in September 2012 by the on the CBI's request to ensure a fair trial.

Of the 38 people charged by the CBI in the case, 16, including -- the then Gujarat -- and all senior police officials were discharged.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 21:55 IST