A special CBI court today discharged Gujarat IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian on the ground that no prior sanction was taken to prosecute him in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Earlier on August 19, the court had discharged another accused, Dr Narendra Amin, in the case for lack of evidence. Amin is currently posted as Mahisagar SP
Pandian is now the the 12th accused who has been discharged in the case. The other officers discharged in the case are: IPS officers NK Amin, P C Pande, Geetha Johri, O P Mathur and Abhay Chudasama.
Earlier in May this year, the Supreme Court had allowed him to enter Gujarat. Before him, another accused in the case and his senior colleague DG Vanzara was also allowed to stay in the state.
On March 28, 2014, the apex court had ordered Pandian not to leave Mumbai where the trial of the case was on in the CBI court. Soon after his release from the Taloja jail, Pandian was reinstated in the police force, but posted in Mumbai. Pandian, Vanzara and Rajasthan IPS officer Dinesh MN were arrested by CID (crime) on April 24, 2007. Earlier, he was also arrested in connection with Tulsiram encounter case. Later, both cases were transferred to the CBI court.
As per the chargesheet filed by CID and CBI, Pandian had led a team of cops to Hyderabad to abduct Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauserbi. Sohrabuddin Sheikh was allegedly killed in a fake encounter by the cops on November 26, 2005. Kausar bi was allegedly killed three days later as she was witness to Sheikh’s abduction.