New Delhi, Aug 1: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition that challenged the discharge of BJP President, Amit Shah in the Sohrabbuddin encounter case. The petition was filed after the Bombay High Court had upheld Shah's discharge in the case.
The petition was filed by social activist Harsh Mander. Sohrabuddin a gangster was killed along with his wife Kausar Bi in 2005 by the Gujarat police. Tulsiram Prajapati an aide of the gangster was also killed a year later. It was alleged that the encounter was a fake one and since Shah was the home minister of Gujarat he should be made accountable.
Appearing for the petitioner, Kapil Sibal, senior advocate told the court some people are above the law. The withdrawing of the appeal by Sohrabuddin's brother against the discharge of Shah raises doubts, Sibal also told the court.
The court however stated that it does not consider anyone to be above the law.
If the brother had come in appeal against the discharge it was an entirely different case, the SC observed. In this case Mander has no locus standi, the bench said while rejecting the petition.