The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today told the Bombay High Court that it would not oppose the discharge granted to IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian, a former accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh "fake" encounter case, by the trial court.
Additional Solicitor General (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 Rajasthan police officer, and fellow IPS officers D G Vanzara and Dinesh M N of the Gujarat police.
Between August 2016 and September 2017, the trial court in Mumbai discharged 15 of the 38 accused. Those discharged included senior police officials and also BJP chief Amit Shah, a former Minister of State (Home) in Gujarat.
The judge 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.
The CBI had claimed that Dinesh was present when Sohrabuddin, his wife and Prajapati were allegedly abducted by the police from Hyderabad. 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.
Prajapati, who was said to have witnessed the killings, was gunned down in another alleged staged encounter by the Gujarat and Rajasthan police in December, 2006.
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