Sohrabuddin case: Amit Shah heads for Mumbai on Supreme Court’s orders

Sunday, October 31, 2010

AHMEDABAD - Former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah left for Mumbai on Sunday morning following a direction from the Supreme Court to be out of the State till November 15, when the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) plea seeking cancellation of his bail will be heard.

The CBI filed a petition in the apex court on Saturday seeking cancellation of the bail granted by the Gujarat High Court to Amit Shah and sought an urgent hearing.

The petition was filed in the Deputy Registrar’s office around 10.30 p.m. hours after the top brass of the premier investigating agency decided to move the apex court for cancelling the bail.

Senior lawyer KTS Tulsi, who appeared for CBI in the High Court, accompanied CBI officials when the petition was filed.

The CBI court had earlier rejected Shah’s bail plea in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

The CBI arrested Amit Shah on July 25 in connection with the case.

In his petition before the high court, Shah had alleged that the CBI had framed him and that there was no evidence to implicate him.

On September 3, Shah had asked the Supreme Court to recall its verdict for a CBI probe on grounds of ‘prejudice’, and levelled allegations of corruption against its judge and the Central Government.

In the 87-page application moved by Shah, he alleged that Justice Tarun Chatterjee, who was part of the Bench that had handed over the investigation to the CBI on July 12, was himself under the scanner of the investigating agency for his involvement in the Uttar Pradesh provident fund scam.

Shah’s application in the apex court also questioned the propriety of Justice Aftab Alam considering the fact that he was aware that Justice Chatterjee’s name figured in the provident fund scam.

The CBI has charged Shah with murder, abduction, extortion and conspiracy. On July 23, it produced a 30,000-page charge-sheet implicating Shah in the case.

Shah was interrogated over three days in jail in mid August, but the CBI said he did not cooperate and denied any involvement in the case.

Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi were killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2005. (ANI)

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