The Central Bureau of Investigation has told the Bombay High Court that it has not received any complaints from the hostile witnesses in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case.
“We have not received any complaint from any of the witnesses,” additional solicitor general Anil Singh, who represented the central agency, told the court.
Singh assured the court that the CBI would provide police protection to witness if they approach the central agency with complaints of threat or intimidation.
The additional solicitor general added that the central agency, at the time of serving summons to its own witnesses, told them to approach them for protection in case of any apprehension. But, they had not received any complaint in this case.
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Singh was responding to a query from Justice Mohite-Dere, who is hearing pleas challenging discharge of some police officers from Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case.
Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin has filed three applications challenging the discharge of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Dhayaji Vanzara, IPS officer from Rajasthan Dinesh MN and member of Rajasthan police constabulary, Dalpat Singh Rathod, from the case.
The CBI has also challenged the discharge of Rathod and Narendra Amin, an IPS officer from Gujarat.
According to the CBI, on November 23, 2005, Sohrabuddin was travelling on a Hyderabad-Sangli bus with his wife Kausarbi and Tulsiram Prajapati when they were allegedly abducted by a team of policemen attached to Gujarat anti-terrorists squad and members of the Special Task Force from Rajasthan.
Two days later, Sohrabuddin was killed, allegedly in an encounter, and Kausarbi was allegedly killed the next day.