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Tulsi Encounter: chargesheet filed against 21 persons

Ahmedabad: The CBI filed chargesheets against 21 persons in the Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case at the Danta Court in Banaskatha. The list of the accused includes Amit Shah, the former home minister, and twenty top ranking police officers including Vanzaara, Pandian, P. C. Pande, Geetha Johri, O. P. Mathur and R. K. Patel. This one lakh page chargesheet was filed by investigating officer of the CBI Sandip Tamgane. It was presented by CBI advocate Ejaz Khan. It was challenged by advocate of I.P.S. Raj Kumar Pandian saying that it could not be lodged at the Danta court. It could be lodged either at the Gujarat High Court or at the Supreme Court.

This development has caused panic among police officers. It has also created a catastrophe in the political arena. With opposition party’s Hallabol agitation BJP needed a smart damage control politician like Amit Shah who is extremely keen to return to his home state prior to assembly polls. However this chargesheet will further obstruct his entry. People fear that Shah will enter Gujarat to be lodged in Sabarmati jail. Sangh has rushed Rajasthan stalwart Om Mathur to take care of the poll campaign. Mathur is a well-known figure in Gujarat and had worked during 2007 polls.

O.P. Mathur, the accused in Tulsiram encounter, was appointed Ahmedabad police commissioner on the recommendations of Om Mathur for his role in botching up the encounter cases. Modi’s ship is further wrecked by the proposed visit of his sworn enemy Sanjay Joshi who is to visit the state despite Modi’s annoyance to attend a lecture on Swami Vivekanand. RSS is now divided into two camps - one favouring Modi, the other against him.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 15

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