The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the CBI to file its chargesheet in the case of alleged encounter killing of suspected gangster Tulsiram Prajapati by top Gujarat police officers by June 30.
A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar gave additional time to CBI on a plea by its counsel,who said the probe was on the verge of completion and it required further time to fill in some missing gaps.
Earlier,the apex court had in April 2011 transferred the probe into the case to the CBI with a direction to complete it within six months. This is the fourth time that the agency has sought an extension for filing the chargesheet.
As per the CBI,Prajapati was gunned down by the Gujarat and Rajasthan Police because he was an eyewitness to abduction of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi by a police team in November 2005. Sohrabuddin and Kauser Bi were killed in December in the same year.
The CBI insists that Tulsiram was the third person travelling with the couple in the Sangli-bound bus from Hyderabad.
The Gujarat Police has rubbished its claim saying that the third person was one Kalimuddin from Andhra Pradesh.
Several top IPS officers,including DIG D G Vanzara and SP Rajkumar Pandian,have been arrested for their alleged role in the Soharbauddins encounter killing,also being probed by the CBI.