Slain gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s brother moved the special CBI court on Friday asking it to issue directions to conduct narco-analysis tests on BJP president Amit Shah and 37 others accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter cases. The court is likely to hear the application on August 14.
In the application moved before special CBI Judge B H Loya, Sheikh’s brother Rubabuddin said, “CBI has not decided on the mastermind and the role of each accused”.
Shah did not appear in the court and moved an exemption application which was opposed by CBI. However, the court allowed the exemption application. Shah said as the president of a national party, he was busy in meetings with various leaders from different states as Assembly elections are scheduled later in the year.
Rubabuddin’s lawyer Feroz Khan Phatan sought more time to challenge the transfer order of Judge Loya’s predecessor, saying the apex court, while transferring the case from Gujarat to Mumbai, had said a single judge would conduct the trial. Loya’s predecessor, Judge J T Utpat, was transferred to Pune on June 25.
The CBI has chargesheeted Shah and 37 others, including several police officers, in the two cases of alleged fake encounters. According to the CBI, Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat’s ATS when they were on their way from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra and killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.
Prajapati, an eyewitness to the encounter, was reportedly killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 2006. According to the CBI, Shah was allegedly involved in the conspiracy behind both the incidents.
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