Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar
In a new twist to the Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter investigation, Former CID (Crime) chief and an accused in the case, O P Mathur has claimed that DIG Rajnish Rai had lost the CD important call details pertaining to the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
This is contrary to the claim of the CBI which has accused Mathur of destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy, by destroying the CD, in its chargesheet that was filed last month. In the arguments before additional chief judicial magistrate of CBI – A Y Dave, Mathur’s counsel V D Gajjar called Rai a schizophrenic. The lawyer denied any alleged involvement on part of Mathur in connection with tampering with the CD or its disappearance.
On May 8, 2007, while giving up charge of investigation of the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, DIG Rai wrote a letter to his successor in the probe, IGP Geetha Johri to collect CDs from Mathur. But Mathur has claimed that he never got the CDs.
The CBI court has been hearing accused cops — P C Pande, Mathur, Geetha Johri, R K Patel — and former MoS Home Amit Shah on their objection. They have claimed that they are protected from criminal prosecution by section 197 of CrPC.
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