Ahmedabad: The CBI court has issued
non-bailable warrants (NBW) against Yashpal Chudasama and Ajay
Patel, two close aides of former Gujarat minister Amit Shah,
who have now been declared absconders, in the Sobrabuddin
Sheikh fake encounter case.
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, meanwhile, appointed the state Health Minister Parbat Bhai Patel as Home Miinister. The post was vacant after Shah resigned last week.
The warrant was issued by the chief additional judicial
magistrate A I Raval yesterday after CBI probing the case,
applied for their remand.
According to the chargesheet filed by CBI, after the
probe in the case was transferred to the agency in January
this year, Shah directed Patel and Chudasama to "convince,
coerce, threaten, influence the witnesses on his behalf to
conceal the truth from CBI, about the fake encounter of
Investigation revealed that Patel conveyed a message to
two witnesses Raman Patel and Dashrat Patel that what they
would be deposing before CBI would be supplied to them in the
form of written statements by DCP Abhay Chudasama, who is also
an accused in the case.
Both the witnesses had four meetings with middlemen sent
by Shah at four different places.
These meetings were videographed by the two witnesses in
a discreet manner. These audio-visual recording has been
seized by the CBI.
"The transcription of these meetings revealed obstruction
and influencing the witnesses of this case by Amit Shah and
Abhay Chudasama," the chargesheet said. Shah, the former Shah
is now in CBI custody and lodged in Sabarmati jail.
"The audio-visual records also indicate that Ajay Patel
and Yashpal Chudasama had actively participated in the main
conspiracy and the crime committed in furtherance to the
conspiracy," it added.
Raman Patel and Dashrat Patel are owners of Popular
Builders where Gujarat police had stage managed a shoot out
using close aides of Sohrabuddin with the purpose of lodging
FIR against the alleged gangster in Gujarat in December 2004,
it further said.
The chargesheet said the complaint was filed against
Sohrabuddin at the behest of Shah who was under pressure from
the marble lobby in neighbouring Rajasthan state.
These merchants were allegedly being harassed by
Sohrabuddin, who made frequent demands for hefty protection