Ahmedabad: The hearing on the bail plea of
former Gujarat minister Amit Shah, arrested in connection with
the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, was adjourned
till August 17 by a special CBI court here Wednesday.
When the matter came up for hearing in the court of CBI
Judge G K Upadhyay, Shah`s lawyer Mitesh Amin requested
adjournment in the matter saying that their senior counsel Ram
Jethmalani was unable to be present.
Amin said he had informed the Central investigation
agency about the matter in advance and it did not raise any
objection in this regard following which it was adjourned till
However, Mukul Sinha, lawyer of Sohrabuddin`s brother
Rubabuddin, who wants to become a party in the case and was
opposing the bail of Shah, raised a few objections.
Sinha submitted before the court that Shah`s lawyers have
not filed reply to the notice which was issued to them on his
application of becoming a party in the case last week.
He asked why his right of being heard as an affected
party curtailed if the senior lawyers of the accused are not
able to remain present.
Based on his submission the court directed Shah`s lawyers
to reply to his application by August 13.
In his bail application filed on July 26, a day after
his arrest, Shah had said the Congress party played "a very
vital role in the Sohrabuddin encounter case to make it a
political issue and to utilise the same as an instrument to
politically victimise him."
Negating all the charges against him as false and
fabricated, the former minister of state for home said the
manner in which CBI carried the investigation in the case,
substantiated his apprehension that is was "merely a political
game plan of the Central government".
"(Central government) was never interested in
investigation of the offence (Sohrab case) per se, but was
only interested in targeting the ruling party in Gujarat which
the Congress is unable to defeat in a democratic way," Shah`s
bail plea stated.
"CBI has acted as a political wing of the Congress party
against the applicant (Shah) rather than focusing on
investigation in the killing of Sohrabuddin and Kausarbi," the
plea further added.
Shah, a close aide of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, also
stated that his arrest was part of a "well-designed attempt"
by the Central government through CBI to inflict a political
blow upon his government which has been elected