“I am shocked and equally sad with the verdict.” These were the words of Rubabuddin, brother of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, after the special CBI court on Tuesday dropped charges against BJP president Amit Shah in the 2005 fake encounter case.
Rubabuddin said he would now prepare to challenge the order in Bombay High Court and added that he was gradually losing hope.
“CBI ko sharm nahi aayee kya (Didn’t the CBI feel ashamed of itself ). Despite clear evidence and statements recorded under Section 164 the verdict has gone in his favour. The way CBI argued against Amit Shah’s discharge application showed that they were not interested. I must say Shah has been saved by CBI,” Rubabuddin said over phone from Mumbai.
He said he is meeting his lawyers to approach the High Court once he gets a copy of Tuesday’s order. “We will know whether it’s a political judgment once we get a copy of it,’’ he said.
Rubabuddin further said before the court proceedings began Tuesday, he was “101 per cent confident” that Shah will not escape the law. “With due respect to judiciary, I am disappointed with the lower court. It is only the Supreme Court that delivers justice and doesn’t allow big people break the law at their will.”
Rubabuddin, who lives in Indore, claimed that the BJP politicised the case case by repeatedly claiming that it was a ploy by the Congress. “BJP mahir hai is kaam me (BJP is an expert at this)”.
Nayabuddin, youngest brother of the gangster, said, “We will continue our fight. Governments come and go every five years.’’
It was Rubabuddin who first wrote to Chief Justice of India on January 14, 2007, saying that Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter by a team of Gujarat ATS. The apex court then directed state police to conduct a probe.
The state government handed over the inquiry to CID (crime) which filed a chargesheet on July 16, 2007 against 13 policemen including IPS officers D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh M N. The probe was supervised by IPS officer Rajnish Rai, who was recently shunted out to Jharkhand on central deputation.
While deciding on the writ petition moved by Rubabuddin, the apex court handed over the probe from Gujarat CID (Crime) to CBI in 2010.