Wednesday, February 23, 2011

No relative of Sohrabuddin case accused is judge or prosecutor

New Delhi: The CBI must face contempt charges for seeking transfer of the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case trial outside Gujarat on the false premise that relatives of accused were judges and prosecutors, the Narendra Modi government told the Supreme Court in an affidavit.
The CBI had said it was “reliably learnt” that “the chargesheeted accused have presence of their kith and kin in the subordinate judiciary in various capacities as prosecutors, magistrates as well as judges” and had cited this as a ground for transfer of the trial outside the state.
State deputy home secretary Rahul Gupta said, “The state government has examined the said allegation and has found that none of the accused shown in the chargesheet filed by the CBI has any relative either in the subordinate judiciary or otherwise in any capacity, be it prosecutor, magistrate or a judge.”
Opposing the transfer plea, he said, “I call upon the CBI to substantiate the said irresponsible allegation giving specific facts and disclosing the source of information from which it ‘reliably learnt’ about the incorrect facts stated in their application.”
Gupta said the CBI officer, who filed the application, had not bothered to verify the source-based information before audaciously making the contemptuous allegations against the Gujarat judiciary.

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