Special Correspondent

GANDHINAGAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation, probing the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, has sought the Special Court's permission to take two more police officers into custody for questioning.

The former Superintendent of Police, N.K. Amin, and policeman V.A. Rathod — already arrested by the CID (Crime) police and lodged in jail — were taken to the Special CBI court on Friday for remand of 14 days. Both, however, sought 10 days' time to engage their own advocates following which the court postponed the hearing till May 12.

Mr. Amin and Mr. Rathod were among the 15 police officials in detention. But, the CBI felt that they would be able to give important clues to its investigation.

None of the six senior Gujarat cadre IPS officers, summoned by the CBI between May 3 and 7, appeared before the investigation agency on Friday.

Teams fan out

Meanwhile, the CBI is reported to have sent its teams to different parts of the State, particularly to Surendranagar, where the arrested Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), Abhay Chudasma, is believed to have stacked a large portion of funds allegedly collected through extortion with the help of Sohrabuddin. CBI sources, however, refused to confirm the details of raids.

Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman Arjun Modhvadia questioned the BJP's logic in making a hue and cry over the CBI probe into the Sohrabuddin case. He said it was the Supreme Court, not the Centre, which asked the CBI to take up the case.