The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking reconsideration of its verdict that had upheld exoneration of BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
“We have perused the review petition and the connected papers. We do not find any error in the order impugned, much less an apparent error on the face of the record so as to call for its review. The review petition is accordingly dismissed,” held a bench of Justices S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan in its October 19 order.
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The petition was filed by activist Harsh Mander, seeking a review of the August 1 order of the Supreme Court whereby the decision of the subordinate courts to discharge Shah was upheld. The court had then said that a person cannot be “interminably prosecuted”. The court had also raised questions over Mander’s locus standi (legal right to interfere) and said that he was neither the complainant in the case, nor an affected party.
Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi were killed by Gujarat Police in an alleged fake encounter in 2005. Their aide Tulsiram Prajapati, an eyewitness to the encounter, was also killed in 2006.
The two cases were clubbed and transferred from an Ahmedabad court to a Mumbai court in 2012 following a Supreme Court order. In December 2014, the special CBI court in Mumbai discharged Shah. In its discharge order, the court said the BJP chief was “apparently shown to be involved in this case by the CBI for political reasons”.