Allow me to return to Guj: Shah pleads with SC



Allow me to return to Guj: Shah pleads with SC New Delhi: Former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah, who was forced to leave the state during the pendency of his trial in Sohrabuddin fake encounter killing case, today moved the Supreme Court seeking its permission to return.

In an application filed before the apex court, hesubmitted that living outside his home state for the last 16 months has caused "irreparable hardship" to him and his family members.

"The applicant is 47 years of age and his entire family stays in Gujarat. In the facts and circumstances of the present case, a person in public life remaining out of his home state for 16 long months is nothing less than punishment more particularly when he is deprived of the warmth, support and cooperation of his family members and close relatives," he said in his 11-page application.

The apex court had on October 30, 2010, directed Shah to leave the state and ordered him to stay out till further order.

Pleading with the apex court to modify its order, Shah said "he will suffer irreparable injury and hardship if an appropriate order to the effect of modification of order of October 30, 2010, is not made."

"The applicant has remained outside his own state for approximately 16 months resulting into a situation where one of the largest assembly constituencies in the country, which has reposed faith in the applicant since four consecutive terms, is deprived of its representatives," he said.

PTI