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Sohrabuddin case: SCís no to CBI probe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
The Supreme Court today rejected the centreís plea for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the 2005 staged killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi by the Gujarat police.

The bench of Justice Tarun Chatterjee and Justice P.K. Balasubramanian ruled that the ongoing probe by the Gujarat police appeared to be on the right track.

The plea was moved by the central government and Rubabuddin Sheikh, brohter of the slain Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

While dismissing the plea for a CBI probe, the bench observed that the investigations would be wholly supervised by IGP Geeta Johri and the Gujarat police would not interfere with the probe.

Earlier this month, the Gujarat government told the apex court that Kausar Bi too had been killed by the police on November 28, 2005. The coupleís associate Tulsiram Prajapati was also shot dead by the police a month or so later.

Gujarat government counsel K.T.S Tulsi assured the court that the state police was conducting a free and fair investigation, which would be completed in four to six weeks.

Attorney general Milan Banerjee insisted on a CBI probe into the matter on the ground that there was an inter-state crime involving the police of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The Gujarat police has arrested seven police officers so far, one of whom has confessed to the killings before a magistrate.

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