Sohrabuddin case: Behind-the-scenes efforts to bail out top Andhra cop

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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    Sohrabuddin encounter was a joint operation of Guj, Rajasthan and Andhra police personnel. While 4 top cops of Gujarat and Rajasthan are behind bars, behind the scene efforts are on to keep AP police out of the net. Shame on Dhongress.

    Sohrabuddin case: Behind-the-scenes efforts to bail out top Andhra cop

    HYDERABAD: Even as the controversy over the Ishrat Jahan case continues to rage, highly informed sources say that the chief of a central police organization has informally moved top officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take a lenient view of an inspector general of police of Andhra Pradesh who has been chargesheeted in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. However, CBI officials have, last heard, refused to accede to the request.

    The inspector general of police - now the number two man in the intelligence department of the AP police - had not been responding to summons of the court in Mumbai where the case is being heard. In avoiding the court summons, he probably had had the support of his bosses because the plea put by the officer is that he is 'busy' with official work. Analysts pointed out that a court will allow for an accused not turning up after being summoned only with a certificate from the official's bosses that he was really immersed in pressing official work. Later however he has secured an anticipatory bail from the court.

    The officer - N Balasubramanyam - 1994 batch IPS - is in charge of political intelligence - and is so powerful that request letters from the director general of police to the state government that he be transferred out, have gone unheeded. The Andhra Pradesh director general of police Dinesh Reddy had warned the government in the letters that keeping an officer chargesheeted in a murder case in a sensitive post could recoil. The letters were written after the police officer was chargesheeted.

    Balasubramanyam, who was chargesheeted for assisting Gujarat police officials to abduct Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, was the superintendent of police of a coastal Andhra district at that time - in November 2005. A sub inspector working with him at that time has also been chargesheeted. Srinivasa Rao, who is now Inspector of police, was, however, promptly transferred to the police lines after his chargesheet.

    In the same case four IPS officers from Gujarat and Rajasthan are languishing in the jail. The phone conversation by one of them (D G Vanzara) with Balasubramanyam was cited by the CBI in its chargesheet along with other evidence.

    The top police establishment had tried to stall the investigation of the AP angle of the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case for a long time. This was from the time that the case was being investigated by the Gujarat police. When CBI had summoned Balasubramanyam to its office in Gandhinagar in January this year, the secretary of the IPS Officers Association of AP also went along to give moral support to his colleague.

    Around the same time a CBI team also came to Hyderabd and questioned Aravinda Rao, a former director general of police, in the case. Analysts are surprised how officers from different cadres of the IPS are being differently treated in the same case. "They are in a hurry to jail police officers from Gujarat, but not from Andhra Pradesh. Why? Is it because it is a Congress ruled state?" asked a police officer from Gujarat familiar with the case.

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