By M M Staff
New Delhi : After facing disappointment from special CBI court, the family of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, who was killed by police in an alleged encounter in Gujarat in 2005, has written to the Minister of Home Affairs; Director, CBI and the Cabinet Secretary seeking filing of appeals against recent acquittals of all accused policemen by a Special CBI court.
Rubabuddin Shaikh, brother of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, has written to the CBI, Home secretary and Home minister to appeal against the trial court’s acquittal of all 22 accused in the alleged staged encounter killings of Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi and his associate Tulsiram Prajapati.
Rubabuddin’s letter, dated January 14, states that the judgment of the special CBI court is “bad in law and prima facie untenable and non-maintainable in law and the special CBI court has erred in appreciating the facts and evidence in the right perspective”.
“In light of nature and circumstance of the fake encounter and the judgment of the Special CBI Court. I humbly request to kindly undertake all necessary measures to file appeal before the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay. I assure you we have an excellent case on merit to file appeal in the High Court challenging the aforementioned judgment of the Special Court for CBI,” Rubabuddin wrote. All 22 accused were acquitted by Special CBI Judge SJ Sharma on December 21 last year.
A total of 210 witnesses were examined in the case, out of which 92 turned hostile. Initially 38 accused were named in the case, however, 16 were discharged, including BJP national president Amit Shah and former home minister of Rajasthan Gulab Chand Kataria, says the website.
In the 358-page judgment, Judge Sharma expressed his sympathy towards the family of the deceased. But he also pointed to the lack of conclusive evidence in the case. He observed: