Sohrabuddin's brother Rubabuddin testifies in court, says Azam Khan lied about Haren Pandya's killing

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Sohrabuddin's brother Rubabuddin testifies in court, says Azam Khan lied about Haren Pandya's killing

Rubabuddin Shaikh stood by his statement to the CBI that his brother Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter.

Rubabuddin Shaikh, brother of Sohrabuddin, deposed before a special CBI court in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Sohrabuddin Shaikh's brother said on Saturday (November 17) that Tulsiram Prajapti had told him about Shaikh's alleged abduction by the Gujarat Police and subsequent death in a fake encounter in November 2005.

Prajapati, Sohrabuddin's associate, was himself killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2006.

He stood by his statement to the CBI that his brother Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter.

"He was present when my brother was killed. When I asked him why he was not killed, he said as he was a Hindu, he could not be branded as a terrorist along with Sohrabuddin, a Muslim," Rubabuddin Shaikh told the court.

Rubabuddin's examination concluded on Saturday and he was also cross-examined. Rubabuddin told the court, that Udaipur-based gangster Azam Khan's statement, that Sohrabuddin told him he killed former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Haren Pandya on the orders of Gujarat top cop DG Vanzara, was false.

"Khan is in police custody and he is being pressurised to mislead the case. Court should take action against the witnesses who have turned hostile. Either they are lying now or they were lying earlier. We will move to the Supreme Court against the discharge of the accused," Rubabuddin added.

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