CBI's clean chit to Amit Shah vindicates BJP's stand: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the acquittal of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case vindicated the party's stand.

CBI's clean chit to Amit Shah vindicates BJP's stand: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that the acquittal of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case vindicated the party's stand.

Reacting over this Rajnath wrote on Twitter - “The court's verdict vindicates our stand.”     

In another tweet Rajnath added, “Extremely pleased to know that BJP national president Amit Shah has been given a clean chit by the special CBI court.”

Meanwhile, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari too expressed his joy over the court's verdict.

"I am extremely happy that Amit Shah has been acquitted. I always maintained this stand but the court made it clear today," said Gadkari.

Many other BJP leaders welcomed the court ruling discharging its president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case, saying the CBI had acted against him under pressure from the previous UPA regime.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said justice finally prevailed as CBI had sought to implicate Shah based on hearsay and legally unsustainable evidence. "It is a matter of great assurance that the hon'ble court has found the entire CBI case against BJP President Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin murder case as politically motivated. In fact the manner in which under political pressure of the previous regime, the CBI sought to implicate Amit Shah upon hearsay and legally unsustainable evidences spoke volumes of vendetta politics," Prasad said.

He further added a prosecution based on "collusive evidences" not legally admissible was bound to be rejected in a "fair proceeding". "We warmly applaud this judgment," he said.

BJP's national secretary Shrikant Sharma said, "The order of the special court is a victory of truth. It is a vindication of our stand that Congress has misused the CBI and other agencies against its opponents for political gains."

"Since Congress cannot win over BJP politically and thus it conspired to tarnish the image of Amit Shah by embroiling him in a fake case. People of the nation will never pardon Congress for its ugly actions. Congress President Sonia Gandhi should apologise before the nation," he added.

He further accused Congress of not only misusing investigating agencies like CBI against its political opponents but also for saving its own leaders including those like Ashok Chavan facing graft cases.

"This has exposed Congress' double-standards. Congress now stands exposed before the nation that its previous government tried to embroil Shah in a political conspiracy," Sharma said.

Another BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said that the attempt to misuse CBI to nail Amit Shah has failed.

On Wednesday, the CBI had submitted its report in connection with the Ishrat Jahan encounter case to a special CBI court.

However, the investigative agency said today that there is no evidence so far against Shah in the case.

Earlier in the day, Shah was discharged in the alleged fake encounter killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and Tulsiram Prajapati, a witness.

A special CBI court ruled that there was insufficient evidence against Shah in the case dating to 2005 and 2006, pertaining to the incidents which occurred when he was the Gujarat home minister.

Reacting to the development, Rubabuddin Sheikh, brother of deceased Sohrabuddin, said that he would appeal against the order in the Bombay High Court.

Meanwhile, the CBI has said it would study the court order before taking further steps in the matter.

 

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