Sohrab case: Court rejects bail plea of suspended IPS officer

Special CBI Judge R M Parmar, while rejecting Chudasama's bail plea, observed that the officer is accused in a heinous crime and claimed to be the key conspirator in the case by the prosecuting agency, the CBI, and thus, cannot be granted bail.

During the arguments on bail plea, Chudasama had said that he was used as tool to get to former Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah who is also an accused in the case and now out on bail.

The probe agency CBI hand opposed the bail contending that he could temper with evidence if let out on bail.

Chudasam's lawyer Rohit Verma had contended that his client, who was DCP of crime branch when arrested by the CBI in connection with the case, was innocent and wrongly implicated in the fake encounter case.

Verma had argued that Chudasama was also entitled to bail as other accused in the case including former Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah, alleged to be the 'king pin' behind the fake encounter, and one Raju Jirawala, were granted bail.

Claiming that CBI just used him as a ladder to reach Shah, Chudasama had denied all charges against him including that of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence. He has also challenged all the statements of witnesses against him attached to the chargesheet filed by CBI, claiming that most of those witnesses who have spoken against him were arrested by him in the past.

There was no reason to believe the versions of the "highly unreliable jail birds", he said in his bail plea. Chudasama also termed CID (crime)'s investigation, which was probing the case before CBI, as proper and submitted that he was not charge-sheeted by the agency.

He had also cited his recent hip surgery as a ground for bail. The CBI while, opposing Chudasama's bail also cited the 2006 Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case that it was investigating and claimed that the probe in this case was at very critical stage and Chudasama could influence evidence in the case.

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