Respond to allegation levelled by Amit Shah: SC

Last Updated: Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 21:09

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the
Centre to reply to allegations of former Gujarat Home Minister
Amit Shah that he has been falsely implicated by CBI in
Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case for `political
reasons`.

A bench comprising justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana
Prakash Desai asked government to respond to the allegations
after the conclusion of Shah`s arguments in which he had
contended that he was implicated because the Centre wanted to
`destabilise` the Narendra Modi government.

During arguments, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani,
appearing for Shah, also raised questions with regard to the
apex court`s verdict directing CBI to probe the case.

He submitted that the order should be considered `non
est` (not existing) as one of the judges (Justice Tarun
Chatterjee, now retired) on the bench was himself under the
scanner of CBI in the Uttar Pradesh Provident Fund case at the
time of passing of the order.

The counsel was also critical of the CBI probe and said
it was not better than the investigation done by Gujarat
Police under its officer Geeta Johri, who is now the Police
Commissioner of Rajkot, as the agency`s charge sheet is
identical to that of the state police barring the fact that
four persons have been added as accused.

The court was hearing a petition filed by CBI challenging
Gujarat High Court`s order granting bail to 46-year-old Shah.
Shah, a close aide of the Gujarat chief minister, was
arrested by CBI on July 25 last year and he had spent over
three months in Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad.

Shah has been accused by CBI of being the "kingpin" of
the conspiracy leading to the fake encounter killing of
Sohrabuddin Sheikh in November 2005 and the killing of two key
witnesses, Soharabuddin`s wife Kausarbi and his close aide
Tulsiram Prajapati.

Earlier, the agency had urged the apex court to transfer
the trial in the case to a place outside Gujarat on the ground
that witnesses were being intimidated and the trial could be
held in a free and fair manner.

Sohrabuddin and his wife were allegedly abducted by the
Gujarat`s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Hyderabad and killed
in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.

Tulsiram Prajapati, said to be an accomplice of
Sohrabuddin, was also subsequently eliminated allegedly by ATS
to destroy evidence as he was an eye witness, according to
CBI.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 21:09

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