Mumbai: All 22 accused in the alleged fake encounter killings of gangster Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his aide Tulsi Prajapati were acquitted Friday by a special CBI court because of insufficient evidence, even as it expressed sorrow over the loss of "three lives."
Special CBI Judge SJ Sharma said in his ruling that the court feels sorry for the families of Shaikh and Prajapati as "three lives were lost", but the system demands that the court go solely by evidence. "...I am helpless," the judge said. The court noted that the prosecution could not have done much to salvage its case as key witnesses turned hostile.
Below is the list of all 22 accused acquitted by the court on Friday:
Abdul Rehman: Rehman was a police inspector in Rajasthan at the time and, according to CBI, was part of the team which abducted Shaikh and Kausar Bi and the one who fired at Shaikh.
Narainsinh Dabhi: Dabhi was an inspector with the Gujarat ATS and was accused of being part of the team which allegedly killed Shaikh.
Mukeshkumar Parmar: Parmar was the then-deputy SP in the Gujarat ATS and was accused of being part of the team which allegedly killed Shaikh.
Himanshusingh Rajawat: Rajawat was former sub-inspector of Rajasthan Police and was accused of being part of the team that allegedly killed Shaikh.
Shyamsingh Charan: Charan was the then sub-inspector of Rajasthan Police and was accused of allegedly firing at Shaikh.
Rajendra Jeerawala: Jeerawala was the owner of a farmhouse in Gujarat and according to CBI, had the knowledge that his farmhouse was being used by policemen to keep Shaikh and Kausar Bi and facilitated their illegal detention.
Ashish Pandya: Pandya was the then sub-inspector with the Gujarat Police and was accused of shooting Tulsiram Prajapati.
Ghattamaneni S Rao: Rao was the former sub-inspector with Andhra Pradesh Police and escorted Shaikh and Kausar Bi from Andhra Pradesh to Gujarat.
Yudhvir Singh, Kartar Singh, Narayansingh Chauhan, Jethasingh Solanki, Kanjibhai Kutchi, Vinodkumar Limbachiya Kiransingh Chauhan, and Karansingh Sisodiya: The CBI said they were part of the joint team of Gujarat and Rajasthan police which allegedly killed Prajapati.
Ajaykumar Parmar and Santram Sharma: The two were formerly constables with the Gujarat police and were also allegedly part of the team which took Shaikh and his wife to Gujarat.
Balkrishna Chaubey: Chaubey was then-Gujarat ATS inspector and as per CBI, was present at the spot where Shaikh was killed. CBI said he helped in disposing of Kausar Bi's body.
Ramanbhai K Patel: Patel was the investigating officer with Gujarat CID and accused by CBI of 'wrongful probe' in the Shaikh encounter case.
Naresh V Chauhan: Chauhan was the then sub-inspector with Gujarat police and as per CBI, was present at the farmhouse where Kausar Bi was kept and also at the spot where her body was disposed.
Vijaykumar Rathod: Rathod was the then Gujarat ATS inspector and accused of being part of conspiracy to dispose of Kauser Bi's body.
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Updated Date: Dec 22, 2018 15:06 PM