Ahmedabad: A special CBI court today
rejected the anticipatory bail application 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.
Special CBI judge G K Upadhyay, while rejecting the
application of Yashpal Chudasama and Ajay Patel, said that
since a non-bailable warrant was pending against them in a
serious offence, their application for anticipatory bail
cannot be entertained.
The court said since the charges against Chudasama and
Patel are threatening the witnesses and destruction of
evidence, their plea ought to be rejected.
The duo, close aides of Shah and also office bearers of
Ahmedabad District Cooperative (ADC) bank, have been
absconding after their names appeared in the chargesheet filed
by CBI in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
Chudasama and Patel`s lawyers, during the hearing of
their application had contended that they were not involved in
the fake encounter which took place in November 2005.
They had further argued that their clients could be
booked for attempt to destroy evidence which was a bailable
offense and hence anticipatory bail could be granted.
CBI had opposed the contentions saying that since a
non-bailable warrant was pending against them, anticipatory
bail cannot be granted.