Sohrabuddin case: No witness has spoken about threat, sought protection, CBI tells Bombay HC

The CBI on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that no witness in the alleged fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati had informed the agency about any “threat” they faced and sought police protection. But if anyone needed protection, they would be provided that.

The CBI was responding to an earlier question by the high court on what the CBI was doing to provide protection to witnesses while taking into consideration the fact that several of them had turned hostile. “None of the witnesses has informed us about them facing any threat and therefore sought any protection. If anyone wants protection, we will ensure they get it,” Additional Solicitor-General Anil Singh, who was appearing for CBI, said.

The high court was hearing three applications filed by Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin challenging the discharge of former deputy inspector-general of Gujarat D G Vanzara, Rajasthan IPS officer Dinesh M N and Gujarat IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian, along with two applications filed by the CBI challenging the discharge of Rajasthan police constable Dalpat Singh Rathod and Gujarat police officer N K Amin.

“What protection are you offering your witnesses? It is your duty to protect the witnesses so they can depose fearlessly. You can’t file a chargesheet and not give your witness protection,” Justice Revati Mohite-Dere said while hearing the matter on Monday. S...

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