29 September, 2020

Slug In The Belly

The Sohrabuddin 'encounter' case could lead to new purgings Updates

Slug In The Belly
The Narendra Modi government here is facing its worst crisis since Godhra, locked as it is in a battle to contain the fallout of the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. With every passing day, a new skeleton tumbles out, a new story on how the state government and the police functioned. For the moment, the case, as well as the future course of Gujarat politics, is delicately poised on whether the Supreme Court decides to hand over the case to the CBI. The next hearing is on May 15.

Meanwhile, cutting its losses, the state has shifted out DIG Rajnish Rai from the case. It was Rai who had arrested encounter specialist D.G. Vanzara and two other officers, albeit without consulting his superiors including home minister Amit Shah. Rai has been replaced by IGP Geeta Johri, who had conducted the original probe on the fake encounters and had filed the first damning reports in the SC. Ostensibly, she was reinstated after the apex court asked the state to furnish reasons for her removal from the case. But police sources say Rai's removal may...


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