Gujarat Police forced me to file anti-CBI affidavit: Witness

Ahmedabad: Azam Khan, a key witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, has said he was "forced" to sign on an affidavit against CBI by Gujarat Police, which, he said, had "abducted" him last month.

Khan has made these charges in a statement which was today submitted by CBI in the Gujarat High Court along with an affidavit opposing the bail plea of former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah, a key accused in the fake encounter case.

Last month, Khan filed an affidavit in the Special CBI Court, alleging the Central agency had threatened him into making false statements in the 5-year-old high profile case.

The witness' latest statement, submitted in the High Court, was recorded under Section 164 (5) of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) before a Judicial Magistrate First Class at Vashi in Navi Mumbai, making it admissible in court as evidence.

In the statement, Khan has said Gujarat Police got him to file the affidavit against CBI after "abducting" him. The witness said he was abducted by 4-5 men from near Geeta Mandir area of Ahmedabad on September 21 and taken to a hotel here.

He further said the abductors were Gujarat policemen in civil dress, and threatened him for giving statement against Abhay Chudasama, suspended IPS officer and one of the accused in the case, before CBI.

Khan said he was given some typed pages and asked to write identical content in his handwriting, and was "forced" to sign on them.

Khan stated that the men who had allegedly abducted him forced him to file the affidavit in the Special Court. He further said a lawyer accompanied these men during filing of the affidavit.

The witness alleged he was kept under illegal custody by the policemen and was also taken to Gandhinagar.

In Gandhinagar, they told Khan they have spoken to Shah and would get him a plot in the state capital and help him settle down along with family there, according to the statement.

Khan said he managed to escape after winning confidence of the policemen and reached Ahmedabad from Gandhinagar on September 25.

The witness said while making a statement before a Magistrate early this year, he had said there was threat to his life and should be given protection, but nothing was done.

Khan said in case something happens to him or his family, then Gujarat Police and powerful politicians would be responsible for it.

Khan is an accused in a firing case in the city and reportedly works as a marble trader in his hometown Udaipur.

He was allegedly shot last month in Udaipur. The Udaipur police, however, suspect Khan had staged the attack on himself to grab attention.