29 April, Mumbai
The special CBI court in Mumbai Wednesday discharged Gujarat police officer Abhay Chudasama from the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati alleged fake encounter killing cases. Special CBI judge MB Gosavi, while discharging Chudasama, observed that there was no sufficient evidence against him.
According to CBI, Chudasma played a key role in the alleged conspiracy of elimination of Sohrabuddin. It was alleged that he had also threatened key witnesses in the case.
Sohrabuddin, a gangster who, the Gujarat police claimed, had links with Lashkar-e-Taiba; and his wife Kausar Bi, were allegedly abducted by Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad on their way to Maharashtra.
He was allegedly killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in 2005. Tulsiram, an aide of Sohrabuddin and a witness to the encounter, was killed allegedly by police in Gujarat in December 2006.