In a relief for PM Narendra Modi’s aide Amit Shah, a special CBI court here Friday exempted him from personal appearance in the alleged fake encounter case of Tulsiram Prajapati on health grounds.
Shah, a BJP general secretary and Gujarat’s former MoS for Home, did not appear before court and filed an application seeking exemption through his lawyer Devang Vyas. In his application, Shah said he was a diabetic and needed to undergo frequent medical tests and treatment. Shah has filed a discharge application in the court of special CBI judge, which is likely to pass an order on June 16.
According to the CBI, gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, suspected to have links with LeT and his wife Kauser Bi were allegedly abducted by Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorism Squad when they were on their way from Hyderabad to Sangli 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, Gujarat in 2006.