A CBI court on Tuesday acquitted police officers DG Vanzara and MN Dinesh in the infamous Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, Indianexpress.com reported. Vanzara, now retired, was the head of Gujarat ATS when the incident took place in November, 2005. While Dinesh, an IPS officer, was with the Rajasthan Police. The discharge of two accused takes a total number of acquittals in the case to 15. Earlier, the court had rejected the discharge application of two Rajasthan police officers. The two police sub-inspectors, Himanshu Singh and Shyam Singh Charan, were then part of the Rajasthan police. Opposing their discharge, the CBI court said they were among the main accused who fired shots at Sheikh. The case is being heard in Mumbai after the Supreme Court ordered for the trial to be transferred out of Gujarat.
Initially, a total of 38 persons were named as accused in the case. IE reports that some of the discharge pleas are still pending, after which the trial will begin in the case. The infamous case dates back to November 2005, when Sheikh, along with his wife Kausarbi and associate Tulsiram Prajapati, was travelling in a Sangli-bound bus from Hyderabad. It was reported that a joint team from Gujarat and Rajasthan police chased the bus and forced the three to deboard. The three were eventually killed while being taken to Ahmedabad. The CID in its report alleged that it was made to appear that Sheikh was escaping, while he was shot at by cops.
This is a developing story