A CBI court discharged retired police officer, DG Vanzara and MN Dinesh in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case on Tuesday. While Vanzara, who is now retired, was the then Gujarat ATS chief, Dinesh, an IPS officer, was with the Rajasthan police. So far, 15 accused have been discharged by the court.
The court rejected the discharge application of two Rajasthan police officers including Himanshu Singh and Shyam Singh Charan on Monday. Both the police sub-inspectors were accused in the case. They were then associated with the Rajasthan police.
The CBI had opposed their discharge saying that they were among the main accused. It even said that they were accused of firing shots at Sheikh.
The special court in Mumbai was hearing the matter after the Supreme Court ordered for the trial to be sent out of Gujarat. The discharge plea of some of the accused is still pending.
A total of 38 persons were named as accused in the case at first.
Sheikh, his wife, Kausarbi and associate, Tulsiram Prajapati, was travelling in a bus from Hyderabad in November 2005. A police team chased them and took them to Ahmedabad, where they were eventually killed. CID had alleged that it was made to appear that Sheikh was escaping, but he was shot by cops.