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Sohrabuddin case: Panch witness turns hostile, is 49th to do so

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The number of prosecution witnesses turning hostile during the trial of the Sohrabuddin Shaikh, Tulsi alleged fake encounter cases rose to 49 after Manoj Panara, a panch witness, was declared hostile today.

was examined by the CBI before S J Sharma today.

According to the agency, was present when the specimen signature of an accused, Balkrishna Choubey, was obtained by the CBI.

However, in the court, today said that he had signed on some papers but he didn't know what papers they were.

He also told court that he was not introduced to any there. Later, Raju declared him hostile.

Till now, the CBI has examined 70 witnesses in the case.

The court had last October framed charges against 22 people including police officers for murder, abduction and destruction of evidence in connection with the alleged fake encounter of Shaikh near on November 26, 2005.

Shaikh, an alleged gangster with terror links, and his wife were allegedly abducted by the police's Anti-Terrorism Squad from on their way to Sangli in in November 2005.

According to the prosecution, Shaikh was killed in a fake encounter. Kausar Bi, who disappeared, was also allegedly killed later.

Tulsi Prajapati, an of Shaikh who was said to be a witness to the encounter, was allegedly killed by police at Chapri village in Gujarat's district in December 2006.

The case was transferred to in September 2012 on the request of the CBI for ensuring a fair trial.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 21:05 IST