`Shah tasked sr cops to kill Sohrabuddin`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 00:52
  
Ahmedabad: Arrested former Gujarat minister of state for Home Amit Shah had entrusted the job of eliminating Sohrabuddin Sheikh to three senior IPS officers, the chargesheet filed by CBI in a court here said.

According to the chargesheet filed in a special court on July 23, "elimination of Sohrabuddin was being used for extortion by the accused persons to establish an element of fear in the minds of the businessmen and others."

The accused persons from Rajasthan Police participated in the conspiracy because Sohrabuddin was terrorising the marble lobby in the neighbouring state, the CBI said.

Shah entrusted the job to IPS officers D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandiyan and Abhay Chudasama, former DCP of Ahmedabad city Crime Branch. The BJP leader, who resigned as minister last week, was in constant touch over telephone with Vanzara when Sohrabuddin and his wife were in the custody of Gujarat Police, CBI said.

It said a probe into the role of former Gujarat police officer N K Amin, one of the accused who has turned approver, revealed that he was in constant touch with Shah, on phone.

"He (Amin) made/received as many as 25 calls from/to Shah between November 21, 2005 and November 30, 2005," it said.

The CBI probe further disclosed that in early November 2005, one Tulsiram Prajapati was contacted by accused Abhay Chudasama (former DCP of Ahmedabad city Crime Branch) and produced before Vanzara who asked him to make Sohrabuddin available before him as there was "a lot of political pressure".

Prajapati, killed in a police "encounter" in December 2006, was assured that (his friend) Sohrabuddin would get a safe passage and at the most would be put in jail for 3-4 months. No physical harm would be done to Sohrabuddin, it said.

"Having got the assurance from Vanzara, Prajapati helped Chudasama in tracking Sohrabuddin."

- PTI


First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 00:52


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