Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court Tuesday granted anticipatory bails to close aides of former minister
Amit Shah, against whom non-bailable warrants were issued in
connection with Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
Justice RH Shukla granted bail to Yashpal Chudasama
and Ajay Patel, who were declared absconding accused after
they failed to appear before the CBI despite several warrants.
Following the order they will have to be present
before the CBI at its office in Gandhinagar or Mumbai.
The duo, close aides of former Gujarat minister 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 the case.
Their counsel JM Panchal during argument in the High
Court had contended that Chudasama and Patel were not involved
in the fake encounter which took place in November 2005, and
their names cropped up only after CBI took over the probe.
Panchal had further argued that their clients could be
booked for attempt to destroy evidence which was a bailable
offence. He had submitted that his clients were not remotely
connected with the fake encounter conspiracy, extortion and
murder of witnesses as mentioned in the CBI chargesheet.