CBI court exempts Amit Shah from appearance in alleged fake encounter cases
MUMBAI: The special
CBI court yet again exempted BJP leader Amit Shah from appearing before it on
Friday in connection with the alleged fake encounter cases of Tulsiram
Prajapati and Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
“(Shah) is engaged
in political work in New Delhi and therefore not able to come to court,” read
the exemption application filed by Shah’s lawyer Robin Mogera. Special Judge BH
Loya later adjourned the case till July 17 after taking on record the exemption
applications of Shah and some of the other accused.
Meanwhile the court
is likely to hear Shah’s discharge application on July 14. Last time on June
20, Judge Loya’s predecessor, Judge JT Utpat had reprimanded the counsel of
Shah for seeking exemption without assigning any reason to it.
“Every time you are
giving this exemption application without assigning any reason,” judge Utpat
had said. Judge Utpat was transferred to Pune on June 25. The court had on May
9 issued summons to Shah and other accused in the case, which had been
transferred from Gujarat to Mumbai earlier this year. The CBI had chargesheeted
Shah and 18 others, including several police officers, in the case last
According to CBI,
gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was claimed to have links to Pakistan-based
terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by
Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, when they were on way from Hyderabad to Sangli
in Maharashtra, and killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in
an eyewitness to the encounter, was killed by police at Chapri village in
Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 2006.
According to the
CBI, Shah, who was then Minister of State for Home, was allegedly involved in
the conspiracy behind both the incidents.
Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubbabuddin appeared before the special CBI court on
Friday and opposed the exemption granted to Shah and other accused in the case.
Judge Loya told him that the accused would be called whenever the need arises.
victim’s kin also informed the court that he would approach the Supreme Court
seeking directions to the CBI to file a charge sheet in the Kausar Bi murder