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Sohrabuddin family to challenge Shah discharge

CBI sources said, “Our director has gone through the court documents but we have not taken any decision so far. The matter will evaluated by a panel of experts before we decide on the matter.”
Speaking to the Millennium Post over telephone Sohrabuddin’s brother, Rubabuddin, said, “We are not going to leave this case and in a day or two we are going to appeal before the Bombay high court. It was a case of cold blooded murder and we want justice.”

“Today, I spoke to a CBI officer and asked him about their next course of action in the case. But, unfortunately they didn’t cooperate with me. All I want is that the guilty be booked and we have a lot of hope in the judiciary,” he added.

On January 2, CBI chief Anil Sinha had ducked questions during a media interaction on whether the agency would appeal against the order or not. He had then said, “I cannot comment on the quality of the investigation or any future action unless I first go through the court order.”

Shah’s discharge on December 30 last year had invited severe criticism from opposition leaders, who had raised serious questions over the functioning of country’s premier probe agency. In the context of why CBI had argued only for 45 minutes against three-day long oral arguments by Shah’s lawyer before the court that discharged him from the case, CBI sources had said, “It would be unfair to judge the quality of argument on its length and minutes.”

He said, “It is a fact that we had filed a comprehensive and strong written submission before the court against his plea. We had done what was needed in the written submission to oppose his plea.” While passing the order, Special CBI judge MB Gosavi had said, “I am of the opinion that the inference drawn by CBI is not accepted in totality and he (Shah) cannot be charged as an accused.”

On November 26, 2005, Sohrabuddin, an alleged arms dealer, was killed in a police encounter in Ahmedabad. His wife Kaushar Bi’s body was found three days later. Then Gujarat police had claimed that he had planned to assassinate political leaders. Later, Tulsiram Prajapati, an eyewitness in the Sohrabuddin encounter, was also killed by the police in Gujarat in December 28, 2006.

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