CBI to question Shah; ex-cop turns approver

In a shot in the arm for CBI, an ex-cop accused in Sohrabuddin case has turned approver.

Zeenews Bureau

Ahmedabad: A former police officer N K Amin,
an accused in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, today turned
approver and moved a court, in a shot in the arm for CBI that
could spell more trouble for Gujarat`s jailed former minister
and key accused Amit Shah.

"We are going to file an application in the CBI court
on behalf of Amin to turn him into an approver in the
(Sohrabuddin) case," Amin`s lawyer Jadgish Ramani said while
emerging out of the CBI office in Gandhinagar.

He later filed the application in the court of
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate A I Raval wherein Amin asked for pardon.

The decision of Amin, a former deputy superintendent of
police, came a day after an elusive Shah, who was the minister
of state for home, was arrested and sent to jail. All the 15
accused faced charges of criminal conspiracy, murder,
kidnapping and extortion.

Gujarat government spokesman Jaynarayan Vyas declined to
discuss the fallout of Amin`s decision, saying the judicial
process will take its own course.

Amin, who is in jail, was assistant commissioner of
police (ACP) city crime branch before being arrested in 2007
based on the statement of a witness involved in the operation
of abducting alleged gangster Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar

In another development, Raval granted CBI permission to
interrogate Shah in Sabarmati Jail between July 28 and 30 in
connection with the case but only after providing the BJP
leader a copy of the probe agency`s chargesheet.

The jail authorities were also directed that the
interrogation should be both audio and video recorded.

Another lawyer Rajesh Modi, who is representing Amin,
said there was threat to his client`s life from the other
accused in the case.

"There is a threat to Amin`s life from the other
accused as all are lodged together in the Sabarmati Central
jail here. So we have decided to move an application for jail
transfer for Amin," Modi said.

Sohrabuddin was killed in an alleged encounter on
November 26, 2005. Three days later his wife was also killed.

Two retired IPS officers, who had at one point of time
headed probe into the fake encounter case while they were
chiefs of state CID, have been meanwhile summoned by the CBI.

G C Raigar and O P Mathur, who have already been
questioned earlier by the CBI in connection with the case,
have been called for further questioning, sources in the CBI
said .

Raigar has reached the CBI office in block 11 of old
secretariat in Gandhinagar, where his questioning with regard
to the case has begun, they said.

Mathur is presently head of Raksha Shakti University
recently set up by the state government.

The two retired IPS officers were heading the state
CID which had earlier investigated the Sohrabuddin fake
encounter case before the probe was transferred to the CBI by
the Supreme Court in January this year.

The probe agency also filed an application before a CBI
court for interrogating Shah in jail.

Shah was sent to judicial custody till August 7 by
special CBI magistrate A Y Dave.

According to the application filed in the CBI court, the
central agency wants to interrogate Shah inside the jail
premises itself.

The chargesheet has named Shah as a key-accused along
with IPS officers-D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian, M N Dinesh
and Abhay Chudasama.

According to the chargesheet, it was Shah who had
entrusted the task of eliminating Sheikh, an alleged gangster,
to Vanzara, Pandian and Chudasama.

PTI inputs