Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case verdict Live Updates: The special CBI court today acquitted all 22 policemen accused in the death of Sohrabuddin Shaikh. The Special judge for CBI cases S J Sharma said that evidence provided by the prosecution was not satisfactory and not enough to prove the any conspiracy in killings of Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati. The court, located in Mumbai, also stated that circumstantial evidence is not substantial enough to prove a conspiracy. The judge also admitted that the prosecution did its job well, but with witnesses turning hostile and lack of sufficient evidence, the charge cannot be established.
The incident. The Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case has always hogged limelight due to its links with high-profile politicians. BJP president Amit Shah was also named as one of the accused but was discharged in 2014. The prolonged trial saw 92 prosecution witnesses turning hostile.
Earlier in December, Special judge for CBI cases S J Sharma had said he will pronounce the verdict on December 21 after the final arguments were wrapped up. Sixteen out of the 38 persons charge-sheeted by the CBI were discharged by the court for want of evidence. The list included Shah, the then Rajasthan home minister Gulabchand Kataria, former Gujarat police chief P C Pande and former senior Gujarat police officer D G Vanzara.
Shaikh was reportedly killed in an alleged fake encounter on November 26, 2005 near Ahmedabad. After Shaikh was killed, his wife was killed three days later and her body was disposed of, the CBI said. A year later, on December 27, 2006, Prajapati was also shot dead by Gujarat and Rajasthan police in an alleged fake encounter near Chapri on Gujarat-Rajasthan border.