In a shocking development, Justice Revati Mohite Dere, who slammed the CBI’s approach in the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi, will no longer hear the case. She was hearing the revision applications in the Sohrabuddin encounter case at the Bombay High Court.
As per the new sitting list effective from February 26, 2018, Justice NW Sambre will be hearing all the revision applications, reported Live Law website. Justice Dere’s removal from the case assumes significance in light of her recent outbursts against the CBI in the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin.
In January, she had dismissed a CBI judge’s earlier order banning the media from reporting on the proceedings in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s fake encounter case. In September last year, Justice Revati had slammed the CBI asking the federal probe agency why it had not challenged the trial court orders discharging senior IPS officers in the alleged fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati.
Justice Revati Mohite-Dere said that the CBI should have been “equally aggrieved” with the trial court’s order. She asked the federal probe agency whether it was planning to challenge the trial court orders of August 2016 and August 2017 discharging IPS officers Rajkumar Pandiyan, DG Vanzara, and Dinesh MN.
BJP President Amit Shah was a key accused in the alleged fake encounters of Sohrabuddin and his wife. The CBI judge, BH Loya, who was presiding over the fake encounter case had mysteriously died in November 2014 in Nagpur.
Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi were allegedly abducted by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad on their way to Sangli in Maharashtra. Sheikh was killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005, after which his wife disappeared.
Prajapati, an aide of Sheikh and a witness to the encounter, was allegedly killed by police in Chapri village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district in December 2006.
Vanzara, who was heading the ATS at the time, was charged by the CBI of having conspired with the other accused officials to kill Sheikh and the other victims and pass the incident off as an encounter.