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Court declines CBI plea to extend Chudasma remand

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IPS officer Abhay Chudasma, who was arrested in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, being taken to court in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
IPS officer Abhay Chudasma, who was arrested in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, being taken to court in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

Manas Dasgupta

GANDHINAGAR: The special CBI court on Wednesday rejected a request for further remand of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Abhay Chudasma, and sent him to judicial custody.

He was produced before the court on completion of seven days' remand, with a request for a remand for one more week, as the Central Bureau of Investigation claimed that he was yet to be examined on certain important aspects of investigation in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case

Mr. Chudasma's lawyer, however, opposed the request on grounds of his client's ill health, and said seven days were enough time for questioning the IPS officer. He also requested the court to issue an order to keep Mr. Chudasma separate from other prisoners, and provide medical aid and, if necessary hospitalisation. The court will decide on this plea on Thursday.

Mr. Chudasma, who was arrested on April 28, was grilled again by the CBI on Wednesday. Also questioned was Anti-Terrorist Squad superintendent G.L. Singhal.

Meanwhile, worried about the spate of arrests of IPS officers, five so far in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and the alleged Tulsi Prajapati encounter case, the Gujarat IPS Officers' Association held an emergency meeting in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.


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