A special CBI court on Friday fined the lawyer of Gopinath Pillai for being absent in court in connection with the hearing on the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. The court was to hear the argument of Pillai’s lawyer against the clean chit given to BJP general secretary Amit Shah and former DGP KR Kaushik.
Earlier this week the CBI had filed its reply giving clean chit to Shah stating that it didn’t have sufficient evidence. Following the reply the court had granted permission to the complainant for the argument. Following which Shamshad Pathan, who represents Pillai in the case, had informed the court that his senior would argue the case.
The court had scheduled the case for hearing on May 9. However, Pathan remained absent and his colleague sought time from the court. This was objected by CBI as well as counsels of Shah and Kaushik. The court also pulled up lawyer of Pillai and fined Pathan Rs.500 for non-appearance.
Pillai’s son Pranesh alias Javed Sheikh was killed in the alleged fake encounter along with Ishrat Jahan, Jeeshan Johar and Amjadali Rana in 2004.
He made several people join BJP by dialing membership number and said, "he has rights on their votes".