Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the CBI, on Wednesday informed the Bombay high court that in the case of the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Shaikh in 2005, no witnesses have so far asked for police protection or complained of facing threats.
“No one has asked for protection yet, but if anybody wants it, the CBI will give them protection,” Singh said. His statement comes a day after the court had observed how there had been several witnesses turning hostile during the trial. The trial is underway before a special CBI trial court SJ Sharma in Mumbai.
Justices Revati Mohite-Dere had on Tuesday observed that it was the duty of the investigating agency to provide protection to its witnesses to ensure they depose without fear.
“Is it not the CBI’s responsibility to ensure that its witnesses are protected so that they depose against the accused fearlessly?” Her observations came while hearing a clutch of petitions by the agency and Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabbudin Shaikh challenging the orders of the trial court that had dropped charges against five accused, all police officers, from Gujarat and Rajasthan.
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