SC order will 'immune' Shah from evidence tampering charge

Ahmedabad: Former Gujarat junior Home Minister Amit Shah's lawyer, reacting to the Supreme Court order asking him to leave Gujarat by Sunday, said by fulfilling this condition Shah will be "immune" from any allegations of tampering with evidence.

The apex court today asked Shah to stay out of Gujarat and leave the state by next morning, but did not cancel his bail as sought in a CBI petition.

The next hearing on CBI plea, seeking cancellation of bail to Shah, is an accused in Soharabuddin fake encounter case, will be held on November 15.

"In the interest of justice, Shah has been asked to remain out of Gujarat, this happens many times when investigating agency and prosecution feels presence of the delinquent is not desirable. This is nothing unusual," Shah's lawyer Nirupam Nanavati said.

"By observing this condition Shah will be immune from any allegations regarding tempering with evidence," Nanavati said.

"This is a temporary measure till November 15, when further hearing of the case will be taken up by the Supreme Court and Shah will comply with it," he added.

Shah's counsel Upender Yadav had also earlier told the court that he was ready to go out of the state.

"This is the battle for justice, justice is closer to truth and we are going to win it as we are on the side of truth," Shah had said yesterday after his release from the Sabarmati jail here.

"This is a long battle and there are going to be many challenges. I have full confidence in the judicial system of the country," Shah added.

Shah was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court yesterday after which CBI approached Supreme Court the same night demanding cancellation of his bail.