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No prima facie evidence against IPS officer in Sohrabuddin case: Lawyer

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The of IPS Dinesh MN, named by the CBI as an accused in the fake encounter case, told the today that the trial court discharged him because there was no evidence.

also pointed out that the CBI chose not to challenge the lower court's discharge order.

While discharging Dinesh last year, the special not only cited lack of official sanction for his prosecution, but also noted that there existed no evidence against him, the said.

"The same court rejected the filed by three junior police officers who were alleged to have accompanied me (Dinesh) to the That is because the CBI had claimed they were the ones who shot at Sohrabuddin," Thakre said.

"The CBI failed to ascribe any distinct role to me and said merely that I had conspired to have Sohrabuddin and (his aide) Prajapati killed. However, the held that there was no evidence to suggest I had been part of the conspiracy, much less that I had a role to play in the actual killings," he said.

Therefore, Dinesh's discharge was akin to "acquittal", the claimed.

According to the CBI,Dinesh was involved in the fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, a gangster who allegedly had terror links, and his associate Tulsiram Prajapati.

Dinesh travelled, on November 24, 2005, from Udaipur to Ahmedabad for executing the encounter, the agency had said, adding that he was accompanied by three junior officers of Police -- Rehman Abdul Khan, Kartar Singh and Yudhvir Singh.

Dinesh's contention is that he had gone to Ahmedabad to attend an official training program.

"I had the permission of the of Police, I stayed at the government circuit house. That proves that I had gone to Ahmedabad on official duty," his lawyer told the high court.

The high court is hearing, on a daily basis, applications filed by Sohrabuddin's brother Rubabuddin Shaikh, challenging the discharge of former deputy inspector-general of D G Vanzara, Dinesh M N and IPS

The court is also hearing applications filed by the CBI challenging the discharge of and Police N K Amin.

Meanwhile, three more prosecution witnesses turned hostile in the fake encounter cases' trial before the special here today.

The three witnesses refused to identify two farmhouses near Ahmedabad where Sohrabuddin and his wife were allegedly kept before they were killed in fake encounter.

The panch witnesses said they had never been to the farmhouses, and had been just made to sign the panchnama (inspection report) by

A total of 33 witnesses has turned hostile in the case so far.

Sohrabuddin and were killed in an alleged fake encounter by in November 2005, while Prajapati was killed in another alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat and in December 2006.

Of the 38 people charged by the CBI in the case, 15, including Vanzara, Pandiyan and Dinesh MN, and were discharged by the special CBI court.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:55 IST