Soharabudin case: cop Amin changes mind on becoming approver

Soharabudin case: cop Amin changes mind on becoming approver

Amin, who was termed as a key witness by CBI in their submissions in the Gujarat High Court and the Supreme Court, filed an application before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate
A Y Dave seeking withdrawal of his earlier pleas, his lawyer Jagdish Ramani said.

Amin had filed the applications six months ago before a Special CBI court here seeking to turn an approver. Today's application has been approved by the court, following which his two pleas for pardon under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) 306 and becoming an approver under CrPC 164 stood disposed off, said Ramani.

Amin said he wanted to withdraw from becoming an approver and seeking pardon only at the present stage and would have the right to file a similar application in future. The ex-Deputy Superintendent of Police's application for becoming an approver had come a day after CBI arrested former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah on July 26 for his alleged role in the staged killing of Sohrabuddin.

Amin, in his application, has said the shift in his stand has come because of changed circumstances in the case over the past six months.

He alleged he had suffered mental and physical harassment from the other co-accused, mostly police officers, while he was lodged with them in the Sabarmati Central Jail here.

Amin said it was because of this harassment and threats to his life in Sabarmati Jail here that he had applied for transfer to another prison.

Following his application, the Gujarat High Court had transfered Amin to Vadodara Central jail in September 2010.

He said looking at threat to his life even when inside the jail, he decided to withdraw the plea to become an approver.