Vanzara Discharged By Special CBI Court In Sohrabuddin Fake Encounter Case
Mumbai: Citing a lack of evidence in the case, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court set free former IPS officer DG Vanzara from all the charges in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh Encounter case on Tuesday. Another IPS officer belonging to Rajasthan cadre, Dinesh MN was also given relief by the court.
It may be recalled that many others including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, were already discharged in the case.
The controversial police officer, Vanzara, who was accused in the fake encounter cases of Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin Sheikh, was arrested in 2007. The arrest was made in connection with Sohrabuddin encounter case. He was released on bail in 2015.
The CBI made Vanzara an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulasi Prajapati fake encounter case, when he was heading the State Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Ahmedabad. He was the deputy commissioner of police, when Ishrat Jahan and others were killed in an encounter by the Gujarat police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.
To cover up the encounter, the city crime branch said that those killed in the encounters were Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who arrived in Gujarat to kill the then CM Narendra Modi. However, the CBI, which took over the case from Gujarat appointed SIT in 2013, concluded that they were in fact fake encounters.
Meanwhile, ripples were created when recent reports said that Vanzara is all set to contest the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections. However, it is not clear from which party he would be contesting the elections. Vanzara claimed that people of Gujarat wanted him to contest the elections and that he would fulfill their wishes.