CBI Court exempts Amit Shah from appearance in alleged fake encounter cases

Amit Shah's counsel sought an exemption on the grounds that he was engaged in political work in New Delhi.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: July 4, 2014 4:06 pm
amit-shah-m “(Shah) is engaged in political work in New Delhi and therefore not able to come to court,” read the exemption application filed by Shah’s lawyer Robin Mogera. (Source: IE Archive)

The special CBI court yet again exempted BJP leader Amit Shah from appearing before it on Friday in connection with the alleged fake encounter cases of Tulsiram Prajapati and Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

“(Shah) is engaged in political work in New Delhi and therefore not able to come to court,” read the exemption application filed by Shah’s lawyer Robin Mogera.

Special Judge B H Loya later adjourned the case till July 17 after taking on record the exemption applications of Shah and some of the other accused.
Meanwhile the court is likely to hear Shah’s discharge application on July 14.

Last time on June 20, Judge Loya’s predecessor, Judge J T Utpat had reprimanded the counsel of Shah for seeking exemption without assigning any reason to it.

“Every time you are giving this exemption application without assigning any reason,” judge Utpat had said. Judge Utpat was transferred to Pune on June 25.

The court had on May 9 issued summons to Shah and other accused in the case, which had been transferred from Gujarat to Mumbai earlier this year.

The CBI had chargesheeted Shah and 18 others, including several police officers, in the case last September.

According to CBI, gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was claimed to have links to Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, when they were on way from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra, and killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.

Tulsiram Prajapati, an eyewitness to the encounter, was killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 2006.
According to the CBI, Shah, who was then Minister of State for Home, was allegedly involved in the conspiracy behind both the incidents.

Meanwhile, Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubbabuddin appeared before the special CBI court today and opposed the exemption granted to Shah and other accused in the case.

Judge Loya told him that the accused will be called whenever the need arises.

The victim’s kin also informed the court that he will approach the Supreme Court seeking directions to the CBI to file a charge sheet in the Kausar Bi murder case.

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  1. A
    Jul 9, 2014 at 10:49 am
    so, the moving out of earlier judge paid off!
    1. J
      Joby Joseph
      Jul 4, 2014 at 9:55 am
      Ache din chal rahaa hai.
      1. G
        Jul 4, 2014 at 9:31 am
        transfer the judge, get the judgment you want- abki baar modi sarkar.
        1. S
          Jul 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm
          No exemption should be given to alleged criminals. India showing its dark side to the world and it looks that the BJP government is no difference to the Congress regime.
          1. R
            Jul 4, 2014 at 10:41 am
            Is CBI such a caged parrot, that with Govt change the judge can be transferred and exemption given on flimsy ground of political work? At this rate, a acquittal will soon be given. People can have no faith left in the insutions of the country.
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