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Supreme Court directs Modi govt. to submit CDs on Sohrabuddin encounter

New Delhi, Thu, 01 Dec 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Dec.1 (ANI): The Government of Gujarat has been directed by the Supreme Court to submit compact discs (CDs) with call details of senior state police officials who were allegedly involved in the November 26, 2005 Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.


The apex court questioned the counsel representing the state government for not handing over the crucial CDs to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the case.


THursday's Supreme Court stricture came a day after the central government asked the apex court to initiate contempt proceedings against former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah and his lawyer Ram Jethmalani for questioning the impartiality of the judge who ordered the CBI probe in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.


Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising said the allegation of conspiracy against retired Justice Tarun Chatterjee, the Centre and the CBI made by Shah amounted to a contempt of court.


"The alleged interest of the judge, whether personal or otherwise, is not only fanciful, but the averments to that effect are nothing short of contempt of this court," Jaising told Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai.


She was referring to the contentions of Shah who alleged that the CBI was used by the Centre and in this conspiracy the possible bias of the judge played a critical role for getting the case transferred to the agency.


Questioning the order of January 12, 2010, senior advocate Jethmalani, appearing for Shah, said that at the time of passing the order, the judge was himself under CBI scrutiny in connection with the Ghaziabad Provident Fund scam, and added that he should have recused himself from hearing the fake encounter case. (ANI)


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