Ahmedabad: The controversial cases of fake encounters of Rajasthan gangster Sohrabuddin Shaikh in 2005 and Tulsiram Prajapati in 2006 saw the 'routine' transfer of Justice Revati Mohite-Dere hearing the cases in Mumbai high court last month. Now the cases will be heard by Justice NW Sambre and the next hearing in the case will be taking place on March 22.
In total five petitions have been filed in the Bombay High Court, who is hearing these cases upon order of the Supreme Court. Three out of the five petitions have been filed by Sohrabuddin Shaikh's brother Rubabuddin while the other two were filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Justice Mohite-Dere was hearing the three petitions of Rubabuddin, during which she had rapped the CBI of shoddy handling of the case and had instructed the agency to co-operate with the court in its hearings. After this, she got transferred and Justice Sambre anointed to hear these cases.
While the high court registrar claims this is just a routine shuffling of the judges, it is clearly visible who is behind the 'transfer' of the judges. Speaking to journalists, Rubabuddin informs that he has appealed to the Chief Justice of India to have justice Revati Mohite-Dere back on the hearing of the case because she has already had hearings of the case and now the new judge who will be hearing the cases will have to listen to all the arguments and witnesses again, wasting the valuable time everyone connected to this case. It is to be noted that when this case was transferred to the Mumbai High Court for hearing, Justice Loya was the judge hearing the case, but he died under mysterious circumstances, a petition regarding investigation into his death has now been filed with the Supreme Court.
The Mumbai High Court had previously discharged 14 accused including current BJP national president Amit Shah from the case. The CBI had filed two revision petition against the discharge of two police officials Narendra Amin and Dalpatsinh, but didn't challenge the discharge of any other accused. The Mumbai high court had even banned journalists from covering the hearings, but eventually pulled back the ban.