Verdict in Sohrabuddin ‘encounter’ on Dec 21
A SPECIAL Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will pronounce on December 21 its judgement in the politically sensitive Sohrabuddin Anwar Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati twin encounters case and the rape-cum-murder of Kausar Bi of Gujarat.
The final arguments in the case, which were taken up on December 3, ended on December 5 before CBI Special Judge S J Sharma.
The ‘fake encounters’ of alleged gangsters Sohrabuddin and Prajapati and the disappearance of the former’s wife Kausar Bi took place in 2005-06, kicking off a major political storm.
The prosecution’s case was that Sohrabuddin was linked with terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Tayiba and was allegedly conspiring to assassinate ‘an important political leader’, presumably then Gujarat Chief Minister (and now Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.
A total of 37 people were named as accused in the case, of which 16 were discharged in 2014, including 15 by the Special CBI Court Mumbai and one by the Bombay High Court.
The trial had been shifted from Gujarat to Mumbai by a Supreme Court order in September 2012.