The Bombay High Court has upheld the acquittal of former ATS chief DG Vanzara and four other policemen in Soharabbudin Sheikh encounter case.
The court dismissed five revision pleas filed by Sohrabuddin Shaikh’s brother Rubabuddin and the Central Bureau of Investigation challenging their discharge saying they were devoid of merit.
Gujarat IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian, former Gujarat ATS Chief DG Vanzara, Gujarat Police Officer NK Amin, Rajasthan Cadre IPS officer Dinesh MN and Rajasthan Police Constable Dalpat Singh Rathod have all been acquitted. Another Gujarat Police officer Vipul Aggarwal has also been acquitted.
The Bench quashed and set aside the lower court order rejecting his discharge. He was a co-accused in the encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and aide Tulsiram Prajapati.
The case dates back to 2005-2006. Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and aide Tulsiram Prajapati were killed in the encounter. The CBI then termed it a fake encounter, but Gujarat police said that Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a local gangster had links with terrorists. Supreme Court transferred the case from Gujarat to a special court in Mumbai. Between 2014 and 2017, 15 out of 38 people were discharged.
In his verdict, Justice Badar held the trial court was justified in discharging the officials for want of evidence, and absence of any material, Sohrabuddin Shaikh’s brother Rubabuddin had filed three of these five pleas, challenging the discharge granted in the case by the trial court to Pandian, Dinesh and Vanzara.