Amicus finds loophole in fake encounter probe
New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, who is appearing as amicus curiae in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, today told the Supreme Court that the chargesheet filed by the Gujarat police in this regard was an attempt to save the culprits.
He pointed out several shortcomings in the investigation by the state police like the chargesheet was silent on the role of seven Andra Pradesh police officials whose interrogation was crucial to gain information about those involved in the murder of Kauser Bi, wife of Sohrabuddin Shiekh.
Mr Subramanium also pointed out that the chargesheet did not mention the motive behind the killings. The prosecution witnesses were also seemimgly not genuine, he alleged.
He demanded further investigation into the case by the CBI.
A bench, comprising Justices Tarun Chatterji and P K Balasubaramanyan, adjourned the hearing till August 20. It directed the parties, including petitioner Rubabuddin Sheikh, to file return submissions on whether further investigation by the CBI was required in the case.
The Gujarat police has been strongly opposing the demand for a CBI inquiry into the case, alleging the investigating agency was under the control of the UPA goverment at the Centre.
The Central goverment has, however, been supporting the demand for a CBI inquiry into the matter.
According to the Gujarat police, Sohrabuddin was involved in as many as 56 criminal cases.
The apex court had earlier refused to order a CBI inquiry as it found the investigation by the police satisfactory.