Amit Shah bail plea: HC seeks reply from CBI, Govt

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday sought reply from CBI and the state government on the bail application filed by former minister Amit Shah.

Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 00:16 AM IST

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday
sought reply from CBI and the state government on the bail
application filed by former minister Amit Shah, arrested by
the investigating agency in Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter
case.

Justice R H Shukla issued notices to CBI and state
government asking them to file their replies on Shah`s bail
plea by October 22.

Shah had yesterday moved the High Court for bail after
his application was rejected by a special CBI court last week.

Rejecting the bail, Special CBI judge G K Upadhyaya
had observed that there was "eye catching" evidence in the
form of statements, recorded under CrPc, against Shah and
there was likelihood that if the applicant is released on
bail, he may misuse his political powers to hamper
investigation.

The court had said that letting Shah, a close aide of
Chief Minister Narendra Modi, achieves his ulterior goal and
could in turn prove to be a dent on the judiciary of the state
as well as the nation.

The former minister of state for home was arrested on
July 25 in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. Shah has
been charged with murder, extortion and kidnapping in the
case. He is currently lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail.

Sohrabuddin, an alleged gangster, was killed on the
city`s outskirts in November 2005 in a staged shoot out by
Gujarat and Rajasthan Police. Later, his wife Kauser Bi was
also murdered.

-PTI