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Deposition of investigation officers begins

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
By A Staff Reporter

Sohrabuddin-Tulsiram Killing

Bailable warrant issued against absent officer

The deposition of investigation officers began yesterday in the Sohrabuddin-Tulsiram alleged fake encounter case, with the court examining 67-year-old NK Barot, who had recorded statements of two witnesses in 2007.

The two witnesses were drivers who had been declared hostile by the prosecution in December 2017. They had not stood by the prosecution case that a Qualis car which had been used in the abduction of Sohrabuddin, his wife Kauser Bi and associate Tulsiram Prajapati, had been in use during the time of abduction by the then SP Porbandar Rajkumar Pandian. Pandian, an accused in the case, was discharged by the special court. His discharge application which had been challenged, was upheld by the Bombay High Court recently. As per these witness' statements given to the CID and the CBI, the Qualis vehicle had been in use of Pandian.

The witness Barot told court that indeed these witnesses had told him 'that Qualis vehicle was in use of Pandian from November 18, 2005 to November 23, 2005 and not in the use of any driver of their company'.

Further, the court issued a bailable warrant against one of the investigation officers who did not appear before it for deposition.

The special court is hearing the alleged fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati. Sohrabuddin was killed in an alleged fake encounter as he was supposedly planning the killing of an important political leader of Gujarat, assumed to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the Chief Minister of
the state. Prajapati, his associate, who was a witness to Sheikh's abduction before the killing, was killed a year later in 2006.

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