THE Bombay High Court Tuesday refused to accept a plea filed by Rubabuddin Sheikh, brother of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, seeking to withdraw his petition challenging the discharge of BJP president Amit Shah in the alleged fake encounter case.
Rubabuddin’s lawyer Vijay Hiremath told The Indian Express that his client had voluntarily decided to withdraw the petition. However, the lawyer said the court granted two weeks to Rubabuddin to reconsider his decision and come back.
Rubabuddin had filed the petition challenging the order of a special CBI court, which absolved Shah of all charges in the case in December 2014.
The encounter cases of Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram Prajapati were clubbed and transferred from an Ahmedabad court to the Mumbai court in 2012 following a Supreme Court order.
The Mumbai court gave the discharge order while hearing interim applications of 38 accused, including Shah.
According to the CBI, gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat’s ATS when they were on way from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra, and killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005. Prajapati, a key witness to the alleged fake encounter, was killed by police at Chapri village, Banaskantha district of Gujarat, in December 2006.