MeraNews Network, Mumbai: A special CBI court on Friday will give out its verdict on the alleged fake encounters of Rajasthan gangsters Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati in Ahmedabad in 2005. According to the charge sheet filed by Gujarat Police and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), that policemen from Gujarat and Rajasthan police had killed off Shaikh and Prajapati claiming that they were in Gujarat to assassinate the then chief minister Narendra Modi. Several big names from the police and politicians were accused in this case, out of which current BJP President and then Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, Rajasthan’s Gulabchand Kataria, and 16 others were acquitted by the CBI court. As of now, only small time police officers from both Rajasthan and Gujarat Police are being tried in the case, whose fate will be decided tomorrow.
The case has been going on for the past 13 years, during which, several small-time policemen spent over nine years in jail awaiting trial. In the 4 years since the Mumbai CBI court has been hearing the case, many witnesses turned hostile in the court. Due to this, the judges were having a tough time in deciding who was involved in the illegal detention and extra-judicial killings of Shaikh, his wife Kauser Bi and his accomplice Prajapati.
In 2006, when this case was handed over to the Gujarat CID to investigate, the first high profile arrests to take place were that of IPS officers DG Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh MN. It was another Gujarat IPS officer Rajnish Rai, who had arrested them. This had upset the ruling BJP government in the state to great extent, that when BJP came to power at the centre, they would harass him in several manners professionally. Tired of all this, Rai had submitted his resignation to the centre a few months back, who refused to accept it. Rai then moved the court to have his resignation accepted by the central government. On Thursday, a day before the final verdict of the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter, Rai was suspended. This is the first instance, where an IPS officer who has submitted his resignation, was suspended.
Tomorrow, the whole country will be awaiting the verdict of the court. If the court convicts the remaining accused, then it would be small fry that would pay the price for the crime as all the top politicians and police officers have wriggled their heads out of this case. But if the court acquits them for the lack of evidence, then just like Haren Pandya, no one will ever know who killed Shaikh, Kauser Bi, and Prajapati.