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CBI team denied food at Gandhinagar circuit house

Jun 13, 2011

The state government has refused to
feed the CBI! Or so it might seem from a letter that the agency has written to
additional chief secretary (home) Balwant Singh. The letter from a senior CBI officer
says that a probe team has been camping at Gandhinagar circuit house to investigate the Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case, and the Supreme Court has asked all states to extend logistic
and infrastructure support to the CBI.

“As part of these investigations, our team is put up at the Gandhinagar circuit house, where the CBI has booked 20 rooms. But since the day they arrived
here, the circuit house staff
has not been giving them meals. When we
drew attention of the authorities, they said
that renovation work was going on in the
kitchen,” the letter read.
The team has had to make its own
arrangement for food which has caused
much inconvenience, a source said. When
TOI contacted Bipin Shukla, the circuit house
manager, he said,“renovation is going on
for a very long time, and whenever there is a
government event or a minister is expected,
we put up a canopy and set up a temporary
kitchen in the premises of the circuit house.
But otherwise, there is no provision. This is
the only reason why we are not able to
provide food to the CBI team.”
The CBI team has had an interesting food
encounter even while investigating the
Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. When
closing in on SP Abhay Chudasama, a team,
including CBI SP Amitabh Thakur, set out
from Gandhinagar on April 28 last year, to
camp near Gaekwad Haveli. But they got a
message that Chudasama had not come to
the crime branch yet
They decided to keep a low profile and went
in a private car to the Bhadra kali temple at
Lal Darwaza to lay in wait. Later, they headed
for the Jagannath temple at Jamalpur near
the haveli and noticed that a community
kitchen was on in the temple. While waiting
for information on the accused IPS officer,
the entire team decided to have lunch there.