Court rejects Amit Shah’s anticipatory bail plea

July 23rd, 2010 - 7:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Narendra Modi Gandhinagar, July 23 (ANI): A Central Bureau of Investigation court here on Friday evening rejected Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah’s anticipatory bail plea that he had filed through his lawyer to avoid arrest in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case .

The CBI has filed a 30,000-page chargesheet againstAmit Shah, accusing him of complicity in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

On Friday morning, Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah failed to

keep his date with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in

connection with the 2005 Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

The CBI has sent teams to the office and residences of Gujarat

Minister Amit Shah to locate him, following his failure to show

up before the investigating agency for the second time today.

Shah’s lawyer asked the CBI for more time and detail of what

sort of questions the minister is likely to face.

Shah had applied for anticipatory bail through his lawyer Mitesh

Amin.

On Thursday, Shah, a close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister

Narendra Modi, had assured to respect the CBI summons and appear

for questioning on Friday.

He was first ordered on Thursday to show up for questioning by 1

p.m.. When there was no sign of him, the CBI issued a second

summons with a deadline of 1 p.m. on Friday.

In November 2005, Sohrabuddin was shot dead on the outskirts of

Ahmedabad. His wife, Kauser Bi, was also killed. At the time,

Gujarat’s Anti Terror Squad (ATS) said that Sohrabuddin was a

terrorist who planned to assassinate Modi.

In 2007, the Gujarat state government admitted in court that

Sohrabuddin and Kauser Bi had been wrongly killed. Some of the

state’s senior-most policemen are in jail, charged with murder,

criminal conspiracy, and kidnapping.

Phone records allegedly show that those same policemen were in

close and constant touch with Shah once they picked up

Sohrabuddin and his wife, Kauserbi, from a bus headed from

Hyderabad to Sangli. (ANI)

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