The counsel for IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case on Friday urged the Bombay High Court to consider as additional evidence the recent deposition by prosecution witnesses before the trial court, wherein, they had turned hostile. Senior lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani sought the HC’s permission to submit a compilation of the recent deposition by prosecution witnesses.
Mr. Pandian was discharged by the trial court in the alleged fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati. The HC is hearing revision petitions challenging the discharge of some senior police officials in the case. Such deposition, Mr. Jethmalani argued, must be considered by the HC as evidence that went in Mr. Pandian’s favour.
Earlier this week, referring to the increasing number of prosecution witnesses in the case retracting their initial testimonies and turning hostile, the HC had said that it could not be affected by what was currently going on in the case before the trial court.
Justice AM Badar had said the HC was merely considering whether or not charges could have been framed against these officials. Therefore, how could the HC, that was at the stage of charges, consider evidence from the trial, he had asked.
Justice Badar is hearing a bunch of revision petitions filed by Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s brother Rubabuddin and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) challenging the discharge of some senior police officials in the case.