The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) summoned chief public prosecutor Sudhir Brahmbhatt for questioning in connection with 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case Tuesday.
While confirming the summons Brahmbhatt told The Indian Express,I was called by the CBI today but I cant say anything else about it. Sources said Brahmbhatt was questioned by the CBI officials for about five to six hours at its Gandhinagar office. Sources also said it was the second day of questioning as Brahmbhatt was with the agency officials on Monday as well.
The CBIs move comes as four of the accused policemen including suspended IPS officer G L Singhal got out on bail Monday by a special CBI court. Sources said CBI asked Brahmbhatt about his call data record (CDR) which reportedly shows him as frequently talking to former minister of state for home Amit Shah and Singhal in 2004.
It has been learnt that Brahmbhatt has told the CBI officials since he was representing government in terror attack on Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar case he used to get calls from both the persons. While Shah,an accused in Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case,was the minister of state for home,Singhal was the investigating officer of the case.
Brahmbhatt has been a chief public prosecutor for quite a long time and represented the government in several important cases. He had represented Detection of Crime Branch,Ahmedabad,that had executed the extra judicial killings of 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan and three others including her friend Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai,Amjadali Rana and Zeeshan Johar in 2004.
As a special prosecutor Brahmbhatt has appeared in several important cases including 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts,RTI activist Amit Jethva murder case in 2010,2009 hooch tragedy and Sabarmati Express train carnage case in 2002 before the Supreme Court-appointed SIT took over the case.
Hardik Dodia expelled from NSUI for six yrs
NSUI national leader Hardik Dodia was on Tuesday expelled from the organisation for a period of six years on charges of anti-organisational activities.
NSUI national secretary and organisations Gujarat in-charge Leni Jadhav told The Indian Express that Dodias activities for the last one month was inimical to the interest of the organisation.
She said on his Facebook comments,Dodia appreciated BJP and also recently took part in TV debates in which he sided with BJP.
We expelled him because he was hobnobbing with BJP, Jadhav said.
She alleged that Dodia was also trying to influence other NSUI leaders in the state and wean them away from NSUI.