No one killed Soharabudidn: Rahul

No one killed Soharabudidn: Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

A day after a special CBI court acquitted 22 accused in the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a jibe at the court decision saying “no one killed... they just died”.

“NO ONE KILLED... Haren Pandya. Tulsiram Prajapati. Justice Loya. Prakash Thombre. Shrikant Khandalkar. Kauser Bi. Sohrabuddin Shiekh. THEY JUST DIED,” Rahul tweeted.

Former law minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal slammed the CBI and accused it of openly helping those accused in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

“Are we to salute the justice delivery system and thank CBI which openly helped the accused in the Sohrabuddin case,” Sibal said expressing strong disapproval of the CBI court verdict.

“Families of victims told that there are no accused. All 22 acquitted! The message: In some cases, if you kill, the law will protect you. Shame,” the Congress leader said.

On Friday, all 22 accused in the fake encounter killings of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his aide Tulsi Prajapati were acquitted by a special CBI court citing insufficient evidence.

“I am helpless,” Judge Sharma said adding that he felt sorry for the families of Shaikh and Prajapati.

The court noted that the prosecution could not have done much to salvage its case as key witnesses turned hostile.

The 13-year-old case saw several twists and turns, including 92 prosecution witnesses turning hostile. At one point, BJP president Amit Shah was also arrested briefly in 2010 in the case before being discharged in December 2014.