Special judge for CBI cases SJ Sharma pronounced the verdict in alleged fake encounter case in which 22 people, most of them policemen, were on trial. Most of the accused were junior-level police officials from Gujarat and Rajasthan.
A special CBI court on Friday acquitted all 22 accused in Sohrabuddin encounter case, saying the circumstantial evidence was not substantial.
Special judge for CBI cases SJ Sharma pronounced the verdict in Mumbai, which said the witnesses and evidence were not satisfactory to prove conspiracy and murder.
Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi were allegedly abducted and killed by a team of Gujarat and Rajasthan police officers in December 2005. Most of the accused were junior-level police officials from Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Their aide Tulsiram Prajapati was allegedly killed by some Rajasthan Police officers a year later.
A CBI probe termed both the incidents as 'fake' encounters and charged 38 people as accused.
The case was initially probed by the Gujarat CID before the CBI took over in 2010. The Supreme Court in 2013 directed that the trial be shifted to Mumbai from Gujarat on the central agency's request to ensure a fair trial.
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