All 22 accused in acquitted by special CBI Court

My Times Today.All 22 accused in the alleged fake encounter case of gangster Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his associate Tulsi Prajapati has been acquitted by Special CBI Court due to lack of evidence on Friday.Charges were framed against the 22 of murder, abduction and destruction of evidence. Out of the 22, 21 are junior-level police officials from Gujarat and Rajasthan. One was the owner of a farmhouse in Gujarat where Shaikh and Kausar Bi were reportedly illegally detained.Special CBI Judge S J Sharma ruled the prosecution has failed to put forth any “documentary and substantive evidence” to suggest or establish the alleged conspiracy.In November 2005, gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) while enroute to Sangli in Maharashtra from Hyderabad and killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar, says the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI. His wife too disappeared.

In 2013, the CBI had charge-sheeted BJP chief Amit Shah and 18 others, including several police officers.

A CBI court later gave Shah a clean chit in the case.

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