Court reject Rubabuddin`s to become party in Shah bail hearing
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Last Updated: Monday, August 30, 2010, 23:46
Ahmedabad: Special CBI court today rejected the application of fake encounter victim Sohrabuddin Sheikh's, brother Rubabuddin, to become party in opposing the bail plea of former Gujarat minister Amit Shah.

CBI Judge G K Upadhyay rejected Rubabuddin's plea saying he had no locus standi in opposing the bail of Shah, who is facing charges of murder, abduction, extortion and criminal conspiracy in the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin and killing of his wife Kaursar Bi in 2005.

The court, however, said in the order that Rubabuddin could assist the public prosecutor in the case. If he has any objections he could place it before court through the public prosecutor, it further added.

During the hearing in the case Rubabuddin's counsel Mukul Sinha had submitted that Shah, former minister of state for Home, was an influential person, and if granted bail, could prove dangerous for investigation in the matter.

Rubabuddin had further contended that he was the original complainant, on whose petition the Supreme Court directed the state CID to probe the killing of Sohrabuddin and later transferred the case to CBI, and therefore, he should be heard while deciding on Shah's bail. Shah's counsel Nirupam Nanavati had opposed Rubabuddin's plea saying there was no need to join him as a party in the bail proceedings.

A close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Shah was the first political figure to be arrested in the case on July 26.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010, 23:46

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