Reprieve for Shah in fake encounter cases

Reprieve for Shah in fake encounter cases

In a huge relief to BJP president Amit Shah, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Mumbai on Tuesday discharged him from the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter cases.

The court held that  “no case” existed against Shah and that he had been implicated for “political reasons”.

“Amit Shah is discharged from the case,” ruled special CBI judge M B Gosavi as he ordered dropping charges of murder, abduction and criminal conspiracy against the BJP chief embroiled in the fake encounter deaths of the two gangsters who had grabbed headlines for several years.

“I am of the opinion that the inference that the CBI has drawn is not accepted as the entire record when considered in totality there is no case against the applicant,” the judge said.
Sohrabuddin, a gangster whom the Gujarat Police claimed had links with Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, and his wife Kausar Bi, were allegedly abducted by the Gujarat ATS from Hyderabad on their way to Sangli in Maharashtra.

CBI Director Anil Sinha said the agency will form an “appropriate view” after going through the judgment.

Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin Sheikh said he will challenge the order before the high court. He felt that the CBI has been “sold out”.

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