Sohrabuddin killing: 'Govt respects SC verdict'



New Delhi: Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said the government respects the Supreme Court’s judgment of rejecting the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) plea to cancel the bail of former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah in connection with the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Interacting with reporters here, Khurshid said: “We respect the Supreme Court’s decision. If the Court has not yielded to some of CBI’s arguments, that’s the right of the Court. I shall discuss it further after going through the judgment.”

Earlier, the Supreme Court rejected the CBI’s plea for cancellation of Amit Shah’s bail, and also allowed him to travel to Gujarat.

The CBI had argued that Shah might try to influence witnesses in the case.

The apex court, however, ordered the shifting of the trial to Mumbai, one of the key demands of the investigating agency.

Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi were allegedly abducted by Gujarat's Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Hyderabad and killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.

Shah was arrested by the CBI on July 25, 2010 and had spent over three months in Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad. He had to quit the Modi Government in July last year after having been slapped with kidnapping and murder charges in the fake encounter killing.

The CBI, however, has filed a chargesheet against Shah in the Tulsiram Prajapati case.

The CBI had said that Prajapati was a witness in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, and his killing was part of a larger conspiracy in which Shah, as the then head of the state administration, was involved.

ANI