Ex-Minister denies being paid for Sohrabuddin encounter

Former Rajasthan home minister and BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria has denied the claim by a CBI witness in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, Azam Khan, that he had taken Rs 10 crore from the owners of R K Marbles to have Sohrabuddin killed.

According to a CNN-IBN report, Sohrabuddin's aide Tulsiram Prajapati, who was later also killed in an encounter, had told Khan of the money exchange while the two of them were lodged together in Udaipur jail.

Khan told the channel that Prajapati had said that owners of R K Marbles, one of the largest marble traders in the state, wanted Sohrabuddin killed since he was extorting money from traders and that he had paid Kataria for this.

"The charge is baseless and the investigation is still on," the BJP leader said on Saturday.

Contrary to what he told CNN-IBN, CBI sources say, Khan had revealed little during his deposition to the agency last month. He claimed to have overheard two policemen speaking about money being involved in Sohrabuddin's murder, and said they did not take any names. "Khan overheard two policemen saying money was distributed to top officials for killing Sohrabuddin and no one in the lower rungs was given any money," a senior official said.

Khan and Prajapati spent close to eight months in Udaipur jail after they were arrested for the murder of Hamid Lala on December 31, 2004, in which Sohrabuddin and two others were accused as well. While Khan was arrested a few months later, Prajapati was arrested in November 2005. Eight months ago, Sohrabuddin, Prajapati as well as Khan were acquitted in the case.

Vanzara, Dinesh now in Prajapati chargesheet

AHMEDABAD: The CID (Crime) filed a supplementary chargesheet in the Tulsiram Prajapati case on Saturday, including the names of D G Vanzara and M N Dinesh.

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