Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said it will not challenge the bench’s order discharging senior IPS officers in connection with the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. It must be noted that former Inspector General of Gujarat DG Vanzara, IPS officer Dinesh MN and Gujarat IPS officer Rajkumar Pandiyan have been discharged in the case.
CBI on Monday told the Bombay High Court during the hearing of a revision application filed by Sheikh’s brother Rubabuddin Sheikh challenging the order.
The single bench of Judge Revati Mohite-Dere asked the CBI to trace Vanzara, who was released on bail in April 2016, and is also the key accused in Ishrat Jahan and Tulsiram Prajapati’s fake encounter cases; and issue him a notice directing him to be present in the High Court on January 29 when the case will be heard next.
The judge also observed that while the CBI had challenged the discharge of sub-inspectors and constables involved in the case, it had remained quiet on the orders granted to the senior officers.
Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah was cleared of all charges in the case in November 2015. As reported by the Indian Express at least 15 accused have been discharged in the case by the court so far.