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Fake Encounter
Gujarat wants bail for IPS officer cancelled
S.S. Negi
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, August 4
Facing pressure from the Supreme Court and the media in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, the Gujarat government today moved a petition for cancellation of the bail of IPS officer Narendera Ameen and sought his police remand for custodial interrogation.

During the investigation of the killing of “inter-state extortionist” Sohrabuddin in an alleged fake encounter on November 26, 2005, Ameen’s name emerged as one of the key accused in the elimination of his wife Kausarbi, who was an eye-witness to her husband’s custodial murder.

On July 30, the SC gave Gujarat government time till August 6 to move a Special Leave Petition (SLP) against the grant of anticipatory bail to Ameen — presently posted as SP, CID — to enable it to take up the hearing on the same day. He was granted anticipatory bail by the trial court at Ahmedabad last month.

In its SLP, the Gujarat Police Special Investigating Team (SIT), headed by IPS officer Geetha Johri, who was brought back to investigate the case on the orders of the SC, stated that Ameen has emerged as an “important accused” under whose supervision the body of Kasaurbi was burnt on November 29, 2005, three days after the killing of Sohrabuddin.

Since the chargesheet filed against 13 accused, including two top cops of the Gujarat Police — D G Vanzara and Pandian — and Rajasthan Police IPS officer M N Dinesh, had not given any details as to what happened to Kasaurbi between November 26 and 29, Johri’s SIT has sought Ameen’s custodial interrogation to know the truth.

The SLP mentions that he definitely knew about the “killing” of Kasaurbi as Ameen was present when her body was cremated to destroy the evidence.

Apart from letting Ameen to go scot-free, various other questions were raised about the “loopholes” in the chargesheet by amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam during the last hearing. Those are related to the mysterious disappearance of a third passenger forced to get down by the police along with Sohrabuddin and Kasuarbi from a bus when they were on their way to Ahmedabad from Hyderabad.

Whether he was their companion Kalimuddin, who was reportedly travelling with them and is said to be missing or Tulsi Ram Prajapati, another inter-state extortionist. Questions were also raised about not probing the role of seven Andhra Pradesh cops who were present on the spot as part of an inter-state police team when the three were taken away from the bus about 100 km away from Ahmedabad.

Now, Gujarat government’s counsel K T S Tulsi had sought permission to move the SLP directly to the SC for cancelling Ameen’s bail and even given an assurance to the Court that the officer would be removed from CID and placed under suspension.



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