The chief investigation officer who probed the killing of alleged gangster Tulsiram Prajapati in a police encouter in 2006 in Gujarat told the CBI court in Mumbai on Wednesday that the BJP president, Mr. Amit Shah, and three senior police officers were the main conspirators in the encounter.
The officer, Sandeep Tamgadge, deposed before Special Judge, Mr. SJ Sharma, of the CBI court that Mr. Shah, IPS officers DG Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian and MN Dinesh of the Rajasthan Police were the main conspirators in the encounters of Tulsiram Prajapati and Sohrabuddin Shaikh.
Tamgadge, however, conceded that he did not have any documentary evidence to support the claims filed in the charge-sheet.
The officer, who probed the case from April 2012, alleged that Mr. Shah and then Rajasthan Home Minister, Mr. Gulab Chand Kataria, had nexus with criminals including Tulsiram, Shaikh and one Azam Khan.
Sheikh was allegedly shot dead in a fake encounter on November 26, 2005, by the Gujarat Police while his wife Kauserbi was reported to have been raped and murdered soon afterwards.
Prajapati who was a witness in the Sohrabuddin encounter case was allegedly shot dead by the Rajasthan Police a year later.
After Sohrabuddin’s brother wrote to the then Chief Justice of India seeking a probe into the encounter, the apex court ordered the case to be investigated by the CBI.
The apex court subsequently transferred the hearing in the matter to the Bombay High Court.
So far Mr. Shah, Kataria, Vanzara are among 15 people to be discharged in the matter.