Sohrabuddin case: Amit Shah gets relief from Bombay HC

Sohrabuddin case: Amit Shah gets relief from Bombay HC

Amit Shah

In a major relief to BJP president Amit Shah, the Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed a PIL questioning the CBI's decision of not appealing against his acquittal in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case.

A division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising justice Ranjit More and justice Bharti Dangre rejected the plea of Bombay Lawyers' Association that was filed in January this year.

"We cannot grant any relief sought in the PIL," the bench noted. Besides, it also questioned the petitioner's delay in approaching the higher court. BLA counsel Dushyant Dave had contended that the CBI had changed stance in the case.

However, additional solicitor general Anil Singh, had said that there is no law that makes it mandatory for the CBI to challenge every discharge of accused.

In December 2014, additional sessions judge M B Gosavi, who presided over a special CBI court, had discharged Shah and 16 other accused citing lack of evidence and proper sanction.

According to the CBI case, gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by the Gujarat ATS when they were on their way from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra, and were killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005. 

Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness in the alleged fake encounter, was killed by the police at Chapri village, Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 2006. Several police officers from Gujarat and Rajasthan were accused in the case.