Marble baron,another Andhra cop named in Sohrabuddin chargesheet

Besides Rajasthan BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria and Andhra Pradesh IPS officer N Balasubramanyam,the CBI’s supplementary chargesheet in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case filed Tuesday also names marble baron Vimal Patni and Andhra Pradesh police officer G Srinivasa Rao.

Written by SUKANYA SHANTHA | Mumbai | Published:May 14, 2013 1:30 am

Besides Rajasthan BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria and Andhra Pradesh IPS officer N Balasubramanyam,the CBI’s supplementary chargesheet in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case filed Tuesday also names marble baron Vimal Patni and Andhra Pradesh police officer G Srinivasa Rao.

The first two chargesheets in the case had named 19 people including Gujarat IPS officers D G Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian,who have since been suspended,and Amit Shah.

The new chargesheet includes the motive for Sohrabuddin’s killing and alleges that Patni hatched a conspiracy to eliminate him.

Patni,who was allegedly asked to pay Rs 25 crore as “protection fee” by Sohrabuddin,a member of an extortion gang in Rajasthan,approached politicians and IPS officers in Rajasthan to curb the growing influence of Sohrabuddin,the CBI has claimed in the chargesheet.

Tuesday’s chargesheet said Patni was harassed by Sohrabuddin and his associates. “Patni was fed up of the constant extortion calls made by Sohrabuddin and his men. A conspiracy was hatched which was facilitated by Kataria. Call data records and as many as 40 witnesses have helped us build the link,” said a senior CBI officer.

Although the accused are booked for murder,conspiracy and destruction of evidence,CBI sources claimed they did not need to arrest any of the four now. “Arrest becomes important to gather information. We managed to crack the case without taking any of the four accused into custody,” the officer said.

Kataria has been actively campaigning for the party for the Assembly elections due later this year. He was in Delhi for a meeting Tuesday and was due to return to Jaipur. But the BJP leadership held him back to decide on his next move after he was named in the chargesheet.

— with inputs from ENS,Jaipur

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