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Sohrabuddin Fake Encounter: Amit Shah politically, monetarily benefited, says CIO Amitabh Thakur


Amitabh Thakur, former Chief Investigating Officer in the alleged fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh 2005, told the Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court on Monday that BJP Chief Amit Shah and four others were politically and monetarily benefitted from the Sohrabuddin fake encounter.

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Alleging Amit Shah, Thakur claimed that Patel Brothers had paid three installments amounting to Rs 70 lakh each to Amit Shah when he was Gujarat Home Minister. The brothers were allegedly threatened for their lives in an attempt to extort money from Sohrabuddin Shaikh case. Thakur said that they were also warned that if they did not pay the money, there would be dire consequences.

Besides Amit Shah, former Deputy Inspector-General of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) D.G. Vanzara, former Superintendent of Police (Udaipur) Dinesh MN, former Superintendent of Police (Ahmedabad) Rajkumar Pandiyan, and former Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ahmedabad) Abhay Chudasama had benefited politically from the fake encounter, Thakur divulged.

When Thakur was asked if there were any preliminary inquiries initiated against him for misconduct, bribery, threat and fabrication of evidence, he reportedly denied all the charges. He also denied being asked by then CBI Director Ashwini Kumar to implicate all the accused in the case. It is to be noted that, Thakur had led the team that interrogated Amit Shah when Shah was in judicial custody.

Thakur also agreed that there were no political motive for the current accused to kill Sohrabuddin. He also mentioned that all the 20 accused were acting under the directions of their superiors Vanzara, Pandiyan,  Dinesh and Chudasma. However,  all accused had been discharged in the case.

The officer rebutted the testimony of Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin that eight bullet marks were found on his brother’s body and said only one bullet was found on the body. He added that around two to three bullets had gone through the body, but neither the bullets nor the empty shells were located, even after the Special Investigation Team visited the spot after five years and recreated the whole scene.

Thakur also informed the court that Dinesh had travelled to Ahmedabad, in his official capacity, to arrest Sohrabuddin in the Hamid Lala murder case in 2005.

On being questioned whether they had any eyewitness of the fake encounter, he said they had none. He also said Sohrabuddin was not murdered at Disha farms in Ahmedabad.

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