Sohrabuddin case: farmhouse owner’s bail plea rejected

November 3rd, 2010 - 11:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, Nov 3 (IANS) A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Gujarat Wednesday rejected the bail plea of a farmhouse owner held in connection with the 2005 allged staged shootout of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauserbi’s disappearance.

Rajendra Jirawala, owner of Arham farmhouse on the outskirts of Gandhinagar, was arrested following indications that his farmhouse was allegedly used as a safe house by police for keeping Kauserbi before her disappearance.

Jirawala told the CBI that he was out of Gujarat during the period when the police reportedly kept Kausarbi at the farmhouse.

The CBI court has also reserved its order till Nov 18 on the interim bail application of Abhay Chudasama, suspended Ahmedabad deputy police commissioner of the crime branch, who has sought three months’ bail for undergoing hip joint operation in a private hospital.

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has been accused of killing Sheikh in a staged shootout Nov 26, 2005, in Ahmedabad. His wife Kauserbi is suspected to have been killed at a farmhouse near the city two days later.

Over a dozen policemen have been arrested for the killings.

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