Ahmedabad: Just a day after a top cop in Gujarat accused the Narendra Modi government of targeting him in connection with the Gujarat riots case, another senior IPS officer has alleged victimisation in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
Rajnish Rai, who has for some months now been on a collision course with the state government, has filed a rejoinder with the Central Administrative Tribunal alleging that he was victimised by his senior officers since he had carried out an unbiased probe in the Sohrabuddin case.
Mr Rai filed the rejoinder in the ongoing case challenging his downgrading of the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) by his then senior officers P C Pande and O P Mathur.
In his rejoinder, he alleged that Pande and Mathur had directed him not to record investigation details in connection with the encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati.
Mr Rai has also accused Pande of playing an acquiescent role to the criminal conspiracy of the then Minister of State for Home Amit Shah and others who tampered with official records pertaining to the Sohrabuddin case in the office of the Criminal Investigation Department (Crime).
He further alleged that Pande hid the truth from the Supreme court by deleting facts from the draft Action Taken Reports which were uncomfortable to the state government.
In November 2005, Sohrabuddin was shot dead on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. His wife, Kauser Bi, was killed a few days later. At the time, Gujarat’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) said that Sohrabuddin was a terrorist who planned to assassinate Modi. In 2007, the Gujarat state government admitted in court that Sohrabuddin and Kauser Bi had been wrongly killed. Some of the state’s senior-most policemen are in jail, charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, and kidnapping.