Another Judge Removed From Sohrabuddin Case In 'Routine' Shuffle, After She Pulled Up CBI

| February 27 , 2018 , 14:47 IST

In what appears to be a jinxed case, barely 3 weeks after Justice Revati Mohite-Dere of the Bombay High Court began hearing the petitions in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case on a daily basis, she was reassigned in a routine shuffle. A new judge has been brought in to the Sohrabuddin case, which would mean the hearings in the petition would start afresh as all the facts of the case will have to be gone through again.  

During the course of the hearings on the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, Justice Loya died and Justice J T Utpat was also removed.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a tweet compared the recent replacement of Justice Revati Mohite-Dere to other Judges that had been removed from the politically sensitive case Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. He gave an example of Judge J T Utpat had called the then Gujarat Home Minister, now BJP chief Amit Shah for questioning but was himself removed from the case.

Lastly, the Congress president gave example of Justice Brijgopal Loya who died on December 1, 2014 while presiding over the Sohrabuddin case. Although, some reports state that Justice Loya died of cardiac arrest, due to suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, the matter of his death is still in debate 4 years later.  

The case, which was assigned to Justice Mohite-Dere 3 months ago, began daily hearings from February 9. Mohite-Dere expressed displeasure over the way the CBI was handling the matter several times, as each time the court sought documents like charge sheet and witness statements in connection with the case, the CBI asked for time to arrange the documents.  Justice Mohite-Dere pointed out CBI's failure to put all evidence on record and also questioned the CBI on measures it was taking to ensure the security of witnesses in the case.

"It is the primary duty of a prosecuting agency to place all evidence on record before the court. However, in this case, despite the court’s repeated queries, the CBI has chosen to argue only on the role of the two officials whose discharge it has challenged,” Mohite-Dere had said.

Last week, Justice Mohite-Dere also said that the CBI appeared unprepared to conduct the prosecution in the politically sensitive Sohrabuddin and Kauser-bi abduction and murder case in which several policemen from Gujarat are being tried.