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Land grab case: Popular Builder owner gets relief from HC

Chhagan had been released on bail by the sessions court in 2006 with these two conditions.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
Updated: July 10, 2015 5:22:55 am

The Gujarat High Court has allowed a petition of bail modification moved by one of the brothers who own Popular Builders, a real estate firm which figures in Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauserbi’s fake encounter case.

The petitioner Chhagan Bholidas Patel, who was arrested by Sarkhej Police in 2004, in an alleged land grab case moved HC through his lawyer Rahul Sharma, an ex-IPS officer. In this case apart from Chhagan, his brothers Dashrath and Ram Patel are co-accused.

Sharma moved the HC challenging the order of a sessions court that had recently refused to modify the bail terms. Justice ZK Saiyed on Wednesday passed the order while granting relief to Chhagan Patel. The court ordered to remove the conditions of not leaving Gujarat without the nod of the court and release of his passport. This was the first case of Sharma in the HC.

Chhagan had been released on bail by the sessions court in 2006 with these two conditions. While his brothers Raman and Dashrath were granted bail by the HC with same conditions which were later modified.

The case against Patel brothers were registered by Sarkhej police in 2004, the same year in which two gunmen had opened fire at their office in Navrangpura. The Ahmedabad police lodged an FIR naming two of the brothers — Dashrath and Raman — among others as accused, including Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his associates.

Subsequently, Raman and Dashrath figured as witnesses in Sohrabuddin case. According to CBI probe, the firing was a result of conspiracy between accused and Gujarat police officials in order to book Sohrabuddin so that he could be nabbed.

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