A special CBI court on Thursday reserved its order on the anticipatory bail applications of Yashpal Chudasama and Ajay Patel rector and chairman of the Ahmedabad District Co-operative Bank respectively and accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case till August 26.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has procured non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against the two,who have been evading arrest ever since the probe agency showed them as accused in the case on July 23.
Chudasama and Patel had moved the anticipatory bail pleas through their lawyers,J M Panchal and K B Anandjiwala respectively. The two had contended that as per the chargesheet,the maximum charge against them is bailable. The CBI has,however,charged them with non-bailable offences like murder and criminal conspiracy also.
They also argued that their alleged role in the case came to light only after investigation of the case was handed over to CBI,and that the two had even appeared before CBI after getting summons before the agency had filed a chargesheet naming them as accused.
CBI has opposed the petitions saying the accused have not even bothered to get the NBW issued against them cancelled. Apart from this,CBI lawyer Ejaz Khan said the chargesheet which has been submitted by CBI is just tip of the iceberg and that their supplementary chargesheet will stun everyone. He argued that the two petitions should be rejected as they lack merit.
CBI team visits Surat
A CBI team visited Surat and questioned a few marble businessmen a few days ago in connection with the Sohrabuddin case. Sleuths will also visit Valsad and Vapi,where Abhaysinh Chudasma was SP. Sources said the team checked their information with a few marble traders on University Road. One of them,hailing from Rajasthan,had allegedly paid extortion money to Sohrabuddin. Sources said CBI officials will also visit Valsad where Sohrabuddin,his wife and Tulsi Prajapati were kept in a farm.