Court asks police to submit report on security of 11 accused
A court here has recently directed the Maharashtra government to file a report on security arrangements undertaken for the 11 accused involved in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
Eleven accused, including former Gujarat DIG D G Vanzara, were shifted to the Arthur Road Jail following an order passed by the Supreme Court, transferring the trial in the case to a special CBI court in Mumbai.
Soon after being shifted, the accused moved an application seeking to be moved back to Gujarat besides asking for a video conference trial citing an intelligence report of Maharashtra government apprehending threat to them.
Following the application, Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Anis Abdul Jabbar Khan directed the accused to be shifted to Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai.
While the authorities at Taloja jail had earlier assured the court that enough security measures were made available to the accused, the court yesterday sought a report from the state government by December 13.
Of total 19 accused, eight are out on bail. This includes former Gujarat minister Amit Shah, who had to quit the Narendra Modi-led government soon after the abduction and murder case was slapped against him. He was arrested in July 2010 but released on bail after spending three months in jail.
On September 27, the Supreme Court had ordered the transfer of the case to Maharashtra after CBI submitted that witnesses were being intimidated, and a free and fair trial was not possible in Gujarat.
Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausarbi were allegedly killed by Gujarat Police in an encounter near Ahmedabad in November 2005.