No One Killed Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Kauser Bi, Judge Loya; They Just Died: Rahul Gandhi’s Veiled Attack on Amit Shah
Gandhi's remark came after all of the accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case were acquitted owing to 'insufficient evidence'.
After all of the 22 accused police officers in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh were acquitted by a CBI court on Thursday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, December 22, posted a tweet that appears to be a veiled reference to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, whose name has been linked to the deaths of all the people mentioned in Gandhi’s tweet.
Gandhi wrote that ‘no one’ had killed former Gujarat chief minister Haren Pandya, Judge Loya, Prakash Thombre (a retired district judge and an associate of Judge Loya), Shrikant Khandalkar (an advocate also an associate), Tulsiram Prajapati, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Kauser Bi. He added, sarcastically “THEY JUST DIED”.
NO ONE KILLED…
THEY JUST DIED.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 22, 2018
A special CBI court on Friday acquitted all the 22 accused in the alleged fake encounter killings of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his aide Tulsi Prajapati, citing ‘insufficient evidence’.
Last month, a witness in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh case had reportedly claimed that former Gujarat IPS officer, D.G. Vanzara had given a contract to kill Haren Pandya, who was the home minister in the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.
On November 21, the chief investigation officer (CIO) of the case had claimed in a CBI court that BJP chief Amit Shah and three IPS officers were the main conspirators behind the alleged fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati.
“From the investigation done by us, we found the principal conspirators were Amit Shah, D G Vanzara (former Deputy Inspector-General Gujarat Police), Rajkumar Pandian (SP, Intelligence Bureau) and M N Dinesh (IPS officer, Rajasthan Police),” CIO Sandeep Tamgade had said. However, all four had been discharged by a trial court earlier.
Sheikh, was shot dead on November 26, 2005 while he was in custody of Gujarat Police in an alleged fake encounter. His wife Kausar Bi was also allegedly killed later.
Prajapati, an aide of Sheikh who was said to be a witness to the encounter, was allegedly killed by police forces of Gujarat and Rajasthan at Chapri in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district in December 2006.
Amt Shah’s name has also been linked to the alleged murder of Judge Loya who was presiding over the trial of Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter. According to the official version, Judge Loya died of a heart attack in 2014 while staying at the government guest house in Nagpur. However, several independent investigation have alleged foul play in the judge’s death.
(With PTI inputs)