Ahmedabad: A special CBI court today
reserved order on anticipatory bail plea of two close aides of
former Gujarat minister Amit Shah, against whom non bailable
warrants were issued in connection with Sohrabuddin Sheikh
fake encounter case.
Yashpal Chudasama and Ajay Patel, office-bearers of
Ahmedabad District Cooperative (ADC) bank, had filed for
anticipatory bail in the court of Judge G K Upadhyay claiming
they were not involved in the fake encounter which took place
in November 2005.
The court has reserved the order on their anticipatory
bail plea till August 26.
Chudasama`s counsel J M Panchal submitted that his
client`s was served summon while he was out of country, but
after returning he recorded his statement with CBI.
Panchal, who also represented Patel, submitted that his
clients` name came into picture only after the case was
transfered to the CBI by the apex court in January this year.
Hence, his clients cannot be accused of being part of the
fake encounter conspiracy. Panchal argued that his clients
could be booked for attempt to destroy evidence which is a
bailable offense and hence bail could be granted.
CBI counsel Ejaz Khan submitted that since a non bailable
warrant was pending against them, anticipatory bail cannot be