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No need for CBI probe: Gujarat Government

  • "More arrests likely"
  • Already 122 witnesses questioned
  • NEW DELHI:The Gujarat Government on Monday admitted in the Supreme Court that Kausar Bi, wife of Sohrabuddin, was murdered a few days after he was killed in a fake encounter.

    The admission was made in a report submitted to the court in a sealed cover by senior counsel K.T.S. Tulsi.

    On April 27, a Bench of Justices Tarun Chatterjee and P.K. Balasubramanyan, hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Sohrabuddin's brother, indicated that it would pass orders on Monday on Attorney General Milon Banerjee's plea for ordering a CBI probe into the incident.

    However, as there was no sitting of the Bench on Monday, Mr. Tulsi submitted the report to Mr. Justice Chatterjee, sitting in a different Bench. The court is likely to pass some orders on Tuesday.

    Though the contents were not made public, it is understood that the State told the court that Kausar Bi was killed, the body burnt in Vanjara village and ashes strewn on the fields.

    This came to light during the interrogation of the three police officers arrested in connection with the fake encounter. Many policemen were said to be involved and more arrests were likely. The police were trying to locate the burnt pieces of Kausar Bi's body so that DNA tests could be conducted. Already 122 witnesses had been examined and a few more would be examined shortly.

    The Gujarat Government opposed the Centre's application seeking a CBI probe. It said the investigation was proceeding in the right direction and a CBI probe would derail the investigation.

    Taking credit for the arrest of senior IPS officers, it said that in independent India no State Government had arrested senior IPS officers. The CBI's record was that it had not prosecuted any IPS officer so far. So there was no need for an investigation by it.

    Congress, Left demand

    PTI reports:

    With the fresh revelations, the Congress and the Left parties said their demand for a CBI probe was strengthened.

    "The developments showed that the arrested police officers were being made scapegoats while the real culprits are someone else. The officers must have acted under instructions from the Home Minister or the Chief Minister," Congress chief whip in the Lok Sabha Madhusudan Mistry said. A memorandum signed by 30 MPs of the DMK, RJD, CPI (M), CPI and the Congress was presented to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

    CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said action must be taken against the "guilty" officers and the "complicity" of the State Government probed.

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