CBI concludes grilling of Amit Shah

Last Updated 30 July 2010, 13:31 IST

Sources in the CBI said a four-member team of the investigating agency quizzed Shah for the third consecutive day for nearly four hours inside the Sabarmati central jail, where he has been lodged since his arrest on July 25.

They said like the previous two days, the BJP leader did not cooperate in the investigation into the 2005 episode.Shah has not been giving proper replies to questions put to him despite the assurance given by his lawyer in court that he would cooperate in the probe, they said.

The special CBI court had earlier allowed questioning of the former minister of state for home from July 28 to 30.The nearly five-year-old case also involves killing of Sheikh's wife Kausar Bi allegedly by Gujarat Police.

Shah has been booked by CBI for murder, kidnapping, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy, among other charges. The charge sheet in the case was filed on July 23.

According to the charge sheet, police officials of Gujarat ATS and Rajasthan Special Task Force had stage managed the encounter of Sheikh, a suspected gangster, near Ahmedabad.

Shah had entrusted the job of eliminating Sheikh to three senior IPS officers -- D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandiyan and Abhay Chudasama, the CBI document said.
"Elimination of Sohrabuddin was being used for extortion by the accused persons to establish an element of fear in the minds of the businessmen and others."

The CBI further alleged Shah was in constant touch over telephone with Vanzara when Sheikh and his wife were in custody of the state police. Vanzara was instructed allegedly by Shah to eliminate Kausar Bi, a key witness to her husband's abduction.

After the case was transferred to CBI in January, Shah directed Ajay Patel and Yashpal Chudasama, his close confidants, to "convince, coerce, threaten, influence the witnesses on his behalf to conceal the truth from CBI about the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin", the charge sheet said.

(Published 30 July 2010, 13:31 IST)

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