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Sohrabuddin fake encounter case: SC grants bail to former IPS officer

The latest development in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case is that the Supreme Court today approved the bail request of Rajkumar Pandian, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer who had an alleged role in the encounter.

Rajkumar Pandian was suspended from his police service after he was named in a CBI report for being involved in the alleged fake encounter in November 2005, in which Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were killed.

Pandian had earlier put the bail request in Mumbai High Court. The High court quashed his application upon CBI's opposition, terming him as a key accused in the case.

CBI claimed that Pandian was a member of Gujarat's Anti-Terrorist Squad that went to Hyderabad and abducted Sohrabuddin and his wife to execute the alleged fake encounter in Gandhinagar.

Pandian, currently in a Navi Mumbai jail for past seven years, was accused in this case along with other IPS officers D G Vanzara, Abhay Chudasma, Dinesh M N and some other policemen.

They were shifted to Taloja jail in Mumbai after the case was transferred from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.

Vanzara, however, was moved back to Ahmedabad's Sabarmati central jail for his trial in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case where four people including Ishrat Jahan were killed.

Earlier, Amit Shah, former Gujrat minister of state for home, was let off on bail from among the accused in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.