`Sohrab case witnesses would be threatened if Shah gets bail`

The CBI today opposed the bail plea of Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case saying that security of witnesses in the case would be threatened if the former Gujarat minister is released.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 23:09 PM IST

Ahmedabad: The CBI today opposed the bail
plea of Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter
killing case saying that security of witnesses in the case
would be threatened if the former Gujarat minister is
released.

"Shah was the mastermind of the conspiracy leading to the
encounter of Sohrabuddin and he has been striking terror in
the minds of witnesses, which has been revealed in their
statements to CBI," senior counsel of the Central agency K T S
Tulsi submitted in the court of Judge G K Upadhyay.

There have also been attempts on the lives of some
witnesses, besides threats to them, Tulsi said.

"Influence that Shah can create is much more because he
was head of the police as the minister of state for home.
Hence, police would be obliged to dance to his tunes," he
said.

Submitting that witnesses were still being threatened and
efforts made to tamper the evidence, Tulsi said, "Granting
bail to Shah would endanger justice."

Tulsi also read out statements of some of the key
witnesses before the CBI, where they have narrated threats
issued to them by some of the arrested police officials,
allegedly at the behest of Shah.

Hearing in case would now continue on September 29. The
CBI today also submitted an affidavit opposing Shah`s bail
plea in the court.

In the affidavit before the court, CBI has mentioned
about the statement of retired IPS officer G C Raigar who had
headed the CID crime when it was investigating the fake
encounter case, before CBI took over on the order of the
Supreme Court.

According to Raigar, Shah used to interfere with the
Sohrabuddin encounter probe while it was being investigated
by the state CID, when he was Minister of state, the affidavit
said.

Raigar has also stated that Shah had asked investigators
to go slow on the probe, during a meeting with Geetha Johri
and V L Solanki in Gandhinagar circuit house, it added.

The affidavit claimed that the letter, which Shah`s
counsel Ram Jethmalani had produced in the court saying that
it was a proof that Shah`s arrest was to target Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi, was fabricated.

The letter was a fabrication and clever concoction of
facts with fragments of imagination, the affidavit said. It
further said that the CBI had not acted with political motives
to arrest Shah.

The letter was never sent by the CBI, Tulsi said.

Amit Shah`s son Jay Shah also filed an affidavit today in
the court saying that his father has been falsely implicated
in the fake encounter case.

PTI