Mumbai: CBI has booked senior BJP leader from Rajasthan Gulab Chand Kataria and three others for murder charges in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case.

Besides Kataria, CBI also charged Andhra Pradesh Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) N Balasubramanyam, Director of RK Marble Vimal Patni and another Andhra Pradesh Police officer G Srinivasa Rao under sections related to murder, kidnapping, wrongful confinement and causing disappearance of evidence among others.

The magisterial court issued summons to Kataria and three others to appear before it after the agency filed the supplementary chargesheet. They are likely to appear before the court on June 4.

In its 500-page supplementary chargesheet, CBI has alleged Sheikh was "eliminated" for demanding Rs 24 crore from Patni who was introduced to Amit Shah, also an accused in the case, by Kataria, the then Rajasthan Home Minister.

The Supreme Court had last year transferred the trial of Sohrabuddin Sheikh killing case to Maharashtra from Gujarat as CBI said that witnesses were being intimidated and the trial could not be held in a free and fair manner in Gujarat.

"This is a supplementary chargesheet against accused Vimal Patni, Gulab Chand Kataria, N Balasubramanyam, G Srinivasa Rao filed in continuation of earlier chargesheet... which is already committed...to the Special Court Mumbai on February 1, 2013 for offences punishable under section 120-B read with 364, 365, 368, 341, 342, 302 and 201 of IPC,” Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate AA Khan said in his order.

CBI has added statements of 40 new witnesses in the supplementary chargesheet. Some of the witnesses had recorded their statements before magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were allegedly abducted by Gujarat's Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad and killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2, 2005.

(Agencies)

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