Court seeks report on security for accused

The Metropolitan Magistrate court Friday directed state government to file a report on security arrangements made available for 11 accused in the alleged 2005 Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case before December 13.

Accused including former Gujarat DIG D G Vanzara were shifted to Mumbai following the apex courts order to transfer the trial to Mumbai's CBI court.

The accused had moved an application seeking video conference trial in the case citing state's intelligence report, which claims threat to the lives of the accused.

Gujarat government claimed that Maharashtra intelligence wing has intimated them (Gujarat government) about an alleged conspiracy being hatched by SIMI activists of Surat, lodged at the Arthur Road prison.

On this the Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Anis Abdul Jabbar Khan had asked Taloja Jail to accommodate the accused till a permanent arrangement was made available for them.

While the Taloja jail has on earlier dates told the court that enough security measures were made available for the accused, the court Friday directed the state to file report.

As many as 19 accused, including former Gujarat minister Amit Shah, who is out of bail are facing trial in the alleged fake encounter case.

The CBI in its chargesheet claims Sohrabbudin and his wife were allegedly abducted by the Gujarat ATS from Hyderabad and killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.

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