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Apex court denies bail to Gujarat cop


New Delhi : The Supreme Court Monday asked Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Rajkumar Pandian of Gujarat to approach the Central Bureau of Investigation or the high court for bail in the murder case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

A bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan told the officer, now in judicial custody, to present his bail plea before the CBI, which is probing the case.

Fifteen policemen have been arrested for the November 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin, who police claimed was killed in a shootout near Ahmedabad Nov 28, 2005. His wife Kauserbi has been missing since then.

The policemen’s arrests followed a petition filed by Rubabuddin Sheikh, a brother of Sohrabuddin, in the Supreme Court.

Rubabuddin stated that his brother and his wife were picked up by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad and the Rajasthan Special Task Force Nov 25, 2005 while they were going to Nashik in Maharashtra from Hyderabad.