Former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday approached the Supreme Court for a relaxation of his bail condition to stay outside Gujarat.
The SC had granted Shah bail in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case,provided he remained outside Gujarat after the CBI said he would influence the trial. In his application,Shah sought the courts permission to return to his home state.
He said living outside his home state for the past 16 months has caused irreparable hardship to him and his family members.
The applicant is 47 years of age and his entire family stays in Gujarat. In the facts and circumstances of the present case,a person in public life remaining out of his home state for 16 long months is nothing less than punishment,particularly when he is deprived of the warmth,support and cooperation of his family members and close relatives, he submitted.
The Supreme Court had on October 30,2010 directed Shah to leave the state and ordered him to stay out till further orders.