Bombay HC grants bail to 5 policemen

BJP president Amit Shah is also a key accused in the case.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 9, 2014 12:58 am

The Bombay High Court on Monday granted bail to five policemen accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

The case also includes the killing of Tulsiram Prajapati, a witness to the Sohrabuddin encounter, after the two cases were merged on a Supreme Court order.

Two of the policemen who were granted bail on Monday have been accused by the CBI of firing at both Sohrabuddin in November 2005 and Tulsiram Prajapati in December 2006.

Suspended police inspector Ashish Pandya, N H Dabhi (Gujarat Police), Abdul Rehman, Kartar Singh and Dalpat Singh (Rajasthan Police) were granted bail on condition that they would have to mark their presence before the CBI court every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The CBI investigation had revealed that Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram were killed in joint operations by the Gujarat and the Rajasthan Police.
With this only six constables —four from Gujarat — are currently in judicial custody.

Earlier, key accused suspended IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian, retired IPS officer DG Vanzara, IPS officer Abhay Chudasma and IPS officer Dinesh M N of Rajasthan cadre were granted bail.

BJP president Amit Shah is also a key accused in the case.

He has filed a discharge application in a CBI court in Mumbai, where the hearing started on Monday.

The CBI has filed chargesheets against more than 40 policemen in this case.

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