Mumbai: The verdict of the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court letting off the remaining 22 policemen, accused of killing Sohrabuddin, his wife and friend, was criticised by the relatives of the victims. The family members said they have no faith in the special judge, who delivered the verdict.
“The verdict was expected. The ruling delivered today was bound to happen as the judge did not examine crucial witnesses in the case, whose testimony could have proved the prosecution case,” said Rubabuddin Sheikh, brother of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
“I had seen a Hindi film, andha kanoon wherein the kanoon was shown to be blindfolded. In my brother’s case, the judiciary has eyes but deliberately does not want to see anything,” Rubabuddin lamented. Rubabuddin further informed the Free Press Journal, he will not let the ‘killers’ of his brother walk scot-free like this. “In the very first place, he should have waited for the HC to decide the petition of Azam Khan, who had sought a stay on the judgment. Why was the judge in such a haste to deliver the verdict when his last day of service is December 31,” Rubabuddin said.
“I will file a case in the Bombay High Court and challenge the trial judge’s verdict which is not correct. I believe in the judiciary but not in special Judge Sunil Sharma, who passed this biased verdict,” Rubuabuddin added. Similar was the reaction of Sohrabuddin’s another brother – Shanawazuddin Sheikh, who too is mulling to challenge the judgment. While expressing his grief, Shanawazuddin said, “My brother was a loving husband and a doting son. He was nothing what the judicial system referred to him as a gangster. The judgement is biased.”
It may be noted that though Shanawazuddin’s name was enlisted as a prosecution witness, however, he could not depose before the court. “Twice I could not attend the court due to prior commitments. However, after these two occasions, the special court quashed my statement and never called me to record a statement. This was a ploy planned against my brother,” Shanawazuddin alleged. He now plans to move the Bombay High Court against the ‘biased’ judgement and also file a separate plea against the special court’s decision to quash his testimony.
Unlike Sheikh brothers, the mother of Tulsiram Prajapati has lost hopes of getting justice. “I have lost all my hopes. I do not trust this probe agency, this government, this judiciary instead, the entire system,” said Naramadabai, mother of Prajapati. “Even if the court hangs the accused it will not being my son back. Or even if I challenge today’s ruling, Prajapati will not return to our lives. I have decided not to wait for justice as it will never be served,” said, a Narmadabai with tearful eyes.
Sohrabuddin Sheikh was killed in a staged encounter in November 2005, after he along with his wife Kausar Bi and friend Tulsiram Prajapati were abducted by the police officers of Gujarat and Rajasthan, at the behest of senior IPS officers of the states. Kausar Bi was allegedly raped and killed, later. Exactly after a year in 2006, Tulsiram Prajapati was also eliminated in an encounter. After over 12 years, the special court on Friday acquitted all the 22 police officer of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh police force.