A special CBI court Monday exempted BJP party president Amit Shah from appearing in court till charges are framed against him in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case. However, Shah would have to attend the hearing if the court directs him.
“I am of the view that instead of granting permanent exemption, attendance of accused number 16 (Amit Shah) stands dispensed with till framing of charges or as and when directed by court, whichever is earlier,” special judge B H Loya observed. Shah’s lawyer Mitesh Amin said the BJP leader’s discharge application will be heard and decided upon before the charges are framed.
Earlier, Amin sought permanent exemption for Shah on grounds that being the president of the ruling party, he would be occupied with party activities. Rubabuddin’s lawyer Vijay Hiremath had objected to the permanent exemption.
The court also exempted from appearance till the framing of charges to former Home Minister of Rajasthan, Gulabchand Katariya, one of the 38 accused in the case.
The court also allowed the plea of Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin, to provide an English translation of the charge sheet and all other documents. The CBI has been directed to submit a soft-copy or a hard-copy of the translation from Gujarati to English before or on the next date of hearing on November 21.