Apex court issues notice to Amit Shah on bail (Lead)

October 30th, 2010 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Saturday issued notice to former Gujarat minister Amit Shah on a petition by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking stay of a Gujarat High Court order granting him bail in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout case.

Shah, former minister of state for home, was arrested by the CBI July 25 for his alleged involvement in the killing.

Shah was granted bail by the high court Friday on his executing a personal bond of Rs.1 lakh along with a surety of like amount.

The apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice R.M. Lodha, directed Shah to stay away from the territorial limits of Gujarat till Nov 15 - the next date of hearing.

The court said this after the CBI told the court that if his bail could not be cancelled then he should not be allowed to stay in Gujarat as he could influence witnesses.

The matter was heard by the apex court judges at the Krishna Menon Marg residence of Justice Alam here.

Shah has been given time till Nov 10 to file his reply to the CBI appeal against the high court order.

The apex court gave the CBI time till Nov 12 to file its rejoinder to Shah’s response.

K.T.S. Tulsi, appearing for the CBI, told the court that his release at 10.30 p.m. Friday night was in violation of the jail rules.

Opposing the CBI plea, Shah’s counsel Bhupinder Yadav said that now that he had been released on bail, his liberty could not be taken away without substantive grounds.

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