Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter: A timeline

On Wednesday the special Court acquitted all 22 accused in the case after observing that prosecution failed to establish charges against them.

Published: 21st December 2018 01:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2018 01:07 PM   |  A+A-

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Special CBI court conducting the trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati alleged fake encounter cases today barred the media from reporting the court proceedings till further order.


MUMBAI: Following is the timeline in the alleged fake encounter case of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and associate Tulsi Prajapati, in which all the 22 accused, including 21 policemen, were acquitted by a special CBI court here Friday.

1. November 22, 2005 - Sohrabuddin, Kausar Bi and Prajapati are intercepted by a police team in a bus while returning to Sangli from Hyderabad and taken into custody.

Sheikh and his wife taken in one vehicle, Prajapati in another.

2. November 22 to 25, 2005 - Sheikh and Kausar Bi kept in a farm house near Ahmedabad.

Prajapati sent to Udaipur where he is lodged in the prison there to face trial in cases against him.

3. November 26, 2005 - Sheikh killed in an alleged fake encounter allegedly by a joint team comprising Gujarat and Rajasthan police.

4. November 29, 2005 - Kausar Bi also allegedly killed by the police, her body burnt and disposed of.

5. December 27, 2006 - Prajapati taken from the Udaipur central prison by a team comprising Rajasthan and Gujarat police and allegedly killed in an encounter near Sarhad Chapri on Gujarat-Rajasthan border.

6. 2205-2006 - Sheikh's family approaches Supreme Court for investigation into his encounter and also seeks to know the whereabouts of Kausar Bi.

SC directs Gujarat state CID to conduct a probe in the case.

7. April 30, 2007 - Gujarat government files a report before SC stating Kausar Bi is dead and her body burnt and disposed of.

8. January 2010 - SC hands over the probe in the case to CBI.

9. July 23, 2010 - CBI files chargesheet in the case against 38 persons including the then Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, the then Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria and senior IPS officials.

10. July 25, 2010 - CBI arrests Amit Shah in the case.

11. October 8, 2010 - A special CBI court in Gujarat rejects Amit Shah's bail plea.

12. October 29, 2010 - Gujarat High Court grants bail to Amit Shah on a bond of Rs one lakh.

13. September 27, 2012 - SC transfers trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh-Kausar Bi alleged fake encounter case from Gujarat to Mumbai as sought by the CBI to ensure a fair trial.

14. April 8, 2012 - SC clubs trial in Sheikh, Kausar Bi and Prajapati encounter cases.

15. December 30, 2014 - A special CBI court in Mumbai discharges Amit Shah from the case.

Fifteen other accused including Kataria and senior IPS officials also discharged subsequently.

16. November 2015 - Sheikh's brother Rubabuddin approaches the Bombay High Court to challenge Amit Shah's discharge in the case.

The same month, he tells the HC that he does not wish to pursue the case and withdraws his petition.

17. December 2015 - Social activist Harsh Mander moves HC against Amit Shah's discharge.

18.  April 2016 - Bombay HC dismisses Mander's petition after observing that he has no 'locus standi' (not an aggrieved party) in the case.

Mander files appeal in Supreme Court.

19. August 2016 - SC rejects Mander's appeal.

20. October 2017 - Special CBI court in Mumbai frames charges against 22 accused.

21. November 2017 - Special CBI Judge S J Sharma commences trial in the case.

Prosecution examines 210 witnesses, of which 92 turned hostile.

22. September 2018 - Bombay HC upholds discharge granted to senior police officers D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian, NK Amin, Vipul Aggarwal, Dinesh MN and Dalpat Singh Rathod.

23. November 23, 2018 - Court completes the examination of witnesses and recording of statements of the accused persons under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

24. December 5, 2018 - Court closes the case for judgment on December 21, 2018 after completion of final arguments by prosecution and defence lawyers.

25. December 21, 2018 - Court acquits all 22 accused in the case after observing that prosecution failed to establish charges against them.

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  • Navneet Bhatnagar

    Why is the writer bringing a narrative of his own by calling it fake ? What if it had not happened and some members of the public and leaders would have been killed
    6 months ago reply
  • Jawahar Patna

    A detailed case report of the Sorhpudine fake encounter case started in the year 2005 in 2010 BJP President was refused bail and later granted bail on?100000 bond In the year 2015 Mr AmithSha then HM of Gujarat duting whose period the encounter occurewas discharged from the case & his discharge from that case had been appealed in the Mumbai HCby a social activist Forgetting allthese the specialCBI court had acquitted the22 accused of the case stating lack of evidence The Mumbai bar association had also appealed for the formation of SIT to enquire in the mysterious death of Justice Loyawho enquired the Sorahpudine fake encounter case The Honourable SC had rejected the Mumbai Bar Associationrequest of the formation of SITto enquire the mysterious death of JusticeLoya The entire country is depositing its faith in the Judgement of all the cases connected with CBI Nationalheraldcaseand all the PILcases to save the Indian Democracy
    6 months ago reply
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