Compensate Sohrabuddin family, SC directs Gujarat

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 5 2009, 05:28am hrs
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Gujarat government to pay compensation to the family of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, shot dead by the state Anti Terrorism Squad in a fake encounter in 2005.

The bench of Justices Tarun Chatterji and Aftab Alam refrained from fixing the amount of compensation after senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state, pleaded that the quantum may be left to the discretion of the state.

The bench also asked the Gujarat government why the Sohrabuddin case should not be entrusted to the Special Investigation Team which is headed by former CBI director R K Raghavan and is investigating the 2002 post-Godhra riot cases.

In 2007, the Gujarat government told the Supreme Court that Kausar Bi, wife of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, was also killed and her body burnt. She was said to have been killed on the night of November 28, 2005 two days after her husband was killed by the ATS which passed him off as a Lashkar-e-Toiba operative, out to get chief minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders. Kausar Bis body was later transported to a Sabarkantha village and burnt in a field.