Following the Supreme Court's order to shift the trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case from Gujarat to Maharashtra, a court here on Thursday ordered that nine of the accused, lodged in a city jail, be sent to Mumbai under heavy security for their production before a special court there on November 23.
Later, they will be sent to a jail in Maharashtra, as per the decision of the Special CBI Court in Mumbai, before which they will be produced.
The nine accused, including suspended police officers D.G. Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh MN, were this morning taken under heavy armed security escort, ending uncertainty on the issue of their transfer to a Mumbai jail,
Two other accused in the case, Abhay Chudasama and N K Amin, have sought exemption from their production on health grounds, and hence, are unlikely to be produced along with their co-accused, sources said.
Suspended IPS officer Chudasama has been lodged in Nadiad Jail, while Amin has been in Vadodara Central Jail for almost past two years.
The jail authorities here had arranged the escort team of 52 personnel under Deputy Commissioner of Police Mayaksinh Chavda, an ACP, four police inspectors, six police sub-inspectors and 20 'Chetak' Black Cat Commandos and 20 police constables from Special Operation Group(SOG) and Crime Branch.
Vanzara and Pandian were sent in separate vehicles.
"Vanzara had been given Z+ category security and hence he has been sent into a separate vehicle looking at his security aspect," jail superintendent R.J. Parghi told a news agency.
On September 27, the Supreme Court had ordered the transfer of the case to Maharashtra after CBI submitted that witnesses were being intimidated and a free and fair trial was not possible in Gujarat. (ANI with inputs)