Sohrabuddin’s brother wants further probe after cop’s testimony


Gandhinagar : Rubabuddin Sheikh, brother of Sohrabuddin Sheikh who was killed in a staged shootout by the Gujarat Police, has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for further probe into the case in the light of the submissions made by a police officer.

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In a letter to the CBI dated Sep 12, but made available Thursday, Rubabuddin has sought further investigation under section 173(8) of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the respect of the death of his brother, following the testimony of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajnish Rai before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

Rai, who was the first supervisory officer of the case, has made important disclosures relating to the case in his affidavit-in-rejoinder filed before CAT as well as on the issue of telephone call records.

“Had CBI recorded the statement of Rai long back, erring officers like DGP (director general of police) P.C. Pande, Additional DGP O.P. Mathur and SP (superintendent of police) G.L. Singhal would have been apprehended long back and they would not be moving freely either to influence the witnesses or destroy the evidence,” Rubabuddin’s application states.

According to the application, Rai’s affidavit-in-rejoinder has brought out that the then DGP Pande had delayed the preliminary enquiry for a period of six months in complete disregard of the supreme court’s orders.

He also alleged that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by and between then minister of state for home, Amit Shah and Pande to tamper with and destroy official records pertaining to Sohrabuddin case in the office of CID (Crime Branch) for the express purpose of hiding their role.

Rai had specifically alleged that police officer V.L. Solanki had disclosed the fact that Shah had directed the supervisory officer to tamper the record in presence of Pande, which according to Rai, indicates Pande’s complicity in the conspiracy to murder Tulsiram Prajapati – Sohrabuddin’s friend and the eyewitness to his murder.

Rai had also made several allegations against Mathur, the then ADGP and incharge of CID (Crime Branch).