Mumbai, December 21
All 22 accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case were acquitted by a special CBI court here on Friday.
Special Judge SJ Sharma of the CBI court said, “I am helpless,” adding that the proof submitted by the investigating agency was not substantial to hold anyone guilty.
“Government machinery and prosecution put in a lot of effort and 210 witnesses were brought. But satisfactory evidence didn’t come and witnesses turned hostile,” the court said. The judge said he felt sorry for the three lives lost.
According to the prosecution, Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi were picked up by members of the Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad and the Special Task Force of Rajasthan Police on November 22, 2005 while the couple was returning from Hyderabad in a private bus.
According to the prosecution, the couple and their friend Tulsiram Prajapati, who was travelling with them, were brought to Gujarat. From there, Prajapati was taken to Udaipur by Rajasthan Police while Sohrabuddin and his wife were taken to Ahmedabad.
The chargesheet said Sohrabuddin was killed in a farmhouse on November 26, 2005 and his body dumped on a road. Later, it was claimed that he was killed in an encounter. Kausar Bi was killed three days later and her body burnt, the prosecution claimed.