Sohrabuddin case: Shah reaches Mumbai following SC order

Last Updated 31 October 2010, 13:16 IST

Sources close to Shah said he left for Mumbai from Ahmedabad  by a flight today complying with the directive by the Apex Court to leave Ahmedabad by Sunday morning. It was not known where Shah, a close aide of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, is put up in Mumbai where he has several relatives.

The former minister of state for home, an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court on Friday.

The CBI had yesterday appealed in the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of his bail, but the apex court refused to modify the High Court order.

The apex court had also directed Shah to leave the state by Sunday morning and asked him to stay out till further order and posted the matter for next hearing on November 15.

The CBI had, in its arguments in the Supreme Court, said that Shah could tamper with evidence.

"By observing this condition set by the SC, Shah will be immune from the allegation of tampering with evidence," Shah's counsel Nirupam Nanavati had said.

Forty six-year-old Shah, had got a reprieve from the High Court which granted him bail three month after his arrest.

Shah, who has been described by the CBI as the "kingpin" of the conspiracy, had quit the Modi government in July this year after being slapped with charges of murder and kidnapping in the fake encounter killing of alleged gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi in 2005.

(Published 31 October 2010, 03:56 IST)

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