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CBI begins investigation into Prajapati encounter case

On direction from the Supreme Court the Central Bureau of Investigation began its probe into the Tulsi Prajapati alleged fake encounter case on 7 May. CBI officials in Mumbai P Kandaswamy and Amitabh Thakur who also investigated the Sohrabuddin and Kauserbi murder case visited the site in Banaskantha district near Gujarat and Rajasthan border where Prajapati was killed in an encounter in a joint operation by the Gujarat and Rajasthan police in 2006. The Supreme Court has handed over the Prajapati case to CBI, at its request. Earlier, the Supreme Court had handed over the Sohrabuddin and Kauserbi case to the CBI. The request was made by the CBI as both these encounters are closely linked. It is also believed that Prajapati could be the third person to be allegedly kidnapped by Gujarat police along with Sohrabuddin and Kauserbi from a bus in Andhra Pradesh and were brought to Gujarat in 2005. The Supreme Court on 8 April had ordered a CBI inquiry into the encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati, a close associate of Sohrabuddin while turning down Gujarat government’s opposition to a CBI probe. A bench comprising Justice P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan while accepting the CBI argument that both these encounters are closely linked had directed the state police to hand over the case to the CBI within 14 days while fixing the time limit of six months for the CBI to complete its investigation. The CBI is likely to file the first chargesheet within 90 days.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2011 on page no. 12

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