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Sohrabuddin case: Won't oppose Pandian's discharge, says CBI

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The (CBI) today told the that it would not oppose the discharge granted to Rajkumar Pandian, a former accused in the Shaikh "fake" encounter case, by the trial court.

(ASG) Anil Singh, representing the central probe agency, said this while responding to the court's question as to whether the CBI wanted to present its arguments regarding Pandian's discharge.

Rubabuddin Shaikh, Sohrabuddin's brother, has challenged before the court the discharge granted to Pandian, a police officer, and fellow IPS officers D G Vanzara and Dinesh M N of the police.

The CBI chargesheet had named these three, along with 35 others, as accused in the case related to the alleged fake police encounters of Sohrabuddin, his wife and

Between August 2016 and September 2017, the trial court in discharged 15 of the 38 accused. Those discharged included senior police officials and also Amit Shah, a former (Home) in

The CBI has only challenged the discharge of N K of the police and of the police before the court.

Yesterday, Rubabuddin Shaikh's and Pandian's concluded their arguments before Justice A M Badar.

The then asked the CBI to make its stand clear on Pandian's discharge and subsequently, also on the discharge of Vanzara and Dinesh M N.

The ASG today said that as the CBI had not challenged Pandian's discharge, it did not wish to make any arguments in his case.

"We do not have any comments since we are concerned only with the two we have filed in the case of and Rathod," he said.

The bench is now hearing the arguments of the of Dinesh M N,

The CBI had claimed that Dinesh was present when Sohrabuddin, his wife and Prajapati were allegedly abducted by the police from It had also alleged that Dinesh had planned Prajapati's encounter and it was he who had selected a team of trusted officials to accompany Prajapati from a prison in Udaipur to Ahmedabad for a case hearing.

According to the CBI, Prajapati was killed in a fake encounter during the return journey to Udaipur.

Thakare denied the charges against his client and contended that Dinesh was only performing his duty in arranging an escort team for Prajapati.

Shaikh, a gangster with alleged terror links, and his wife were killed in an alleged fake encounter by the in November, 2005.

Prajapati, who was said to have witnessed the killings, was gunned down in another alleged staged encounter by the Gujarat and police in December, 2006.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:05 IST
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