Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a dig at the recent judgement of a CBI court in Mumbai, acquitting all 22 accused in the ‘fake’ encounter case of Sohrabuddin Shiekh.
Gandhi sarcastically said that the judgement meant that no one had killed Sheikh, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat Police during Narendra Modi’s tenure as the state’s chief minister. Rahul Gandhi wrote, “NO ONE KILLED… Haren Pandya. Tulsiram Prajapati. Justice Loya. Prakash Thombre. Shrikant Khandalkar. Kauser Bi. Sohrabuddin Shiekh. THEY JUST DIED.”
NO ONE KILLED…
THEY JUST DIED.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 22, 2018
Special CBI judge SJ Sharma had observed in his order that all the witnesses and proofs were not satisfactory to prove conspiracy and murder. The CBI court had also observed that circumstantial evidence was not substantial.
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 and was believed to have been done to death. Kauser Bi was later
Prajapati, an eyewitness to the encounter, was allegedly killed by police at Chapri village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district in December 2006.
The Sohrabuddin killing case was transferred to Mumbai in September 2012 on the request of CBI for a fair trial. In 2013, the Supreme Court had clubbed the alleged fake encounter case of Prajapati with that of Sheikh.
Kauser Bi, Sheikh’s wife, according to the CBI, was taken to a different location, where she was raped and murdered on 29 November 2005.