Ver­dict in Sohrabud­din ‘en­counter’ on Dec 21

The Hitavada - - SPORTS -

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.

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