CBI has many loose ends to tie

Chargesheet silent on role of Andhra cops, Prajapati's return journey from Ahmedabad to the encounter spot.

The chargesheet in the 2006 Tulsriam Prajapati encounter killing case submitted by the CBI in a court at Danta has big names among the 20 accused but is silent on some key issues.

The probe agency has traced Prajapati's journey from Rajasthan's Udaipur Central Jail till the time he was killed in an encounter on December 28, 2006.

In its chargesheet, CBI has stated that after Prajapati's production before a court in Ahmedabad through video-conference from Sabarmati Central Jail on December 26, 2006, his custody was given to two "unidentified persons". And while the accused policemen who were accompanying Prajapati as escorts travelled on train from Ahmedabad to Udaipur, Prajapati was not with them but with the two "unidentified persons" whose identity the CBI has so far failed to establish.

It has also failed to establish as to where Prajapati spent two nights and under whose custody before being killed on December 28, 2006.

Similarly, CBI is silent on the role played by the Andhra Pradesh police. Its chargesheet says that before the abduction of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauserbi and Tulsiram Prajapati, Rajkumar Pandian, then an SP with Gujarat ATS, had gone by air to Hyderabad and took help of Andhra Pradesh Police. However, it does not elaborate on the "help" provided by the Andhra Police.

Additional DGP Geetha Johri, who once supervised the probe in Sohrabuddin encounter case and who is now an accused in Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case, had slammed CBI for its silence on Andhra Pradesh Police.

In her curative petition before the Supreme Court, Johri has stated that seven policemen from Andhra Pradesh had helped and accompanied the Gujarat Police party that abducted Sohrabuddin, Kauserbi and one Kalimuddin.

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