In a relief to the BJP President, Amit Shah, a special CBI court has discharged him in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of 2005. Special CBI judge, M B Gosavi, stated, “I am of the opinion that the inference drawn by the CBI is not accepted in totality and he (Shah) cannot be charged as an accused.”
The investigation agency had charged Shah, the then Home Minister of Gujarat, with criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and offences under the Arms Act. According to the CBI, Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat police’s ATS in November 2005, and later killed them in a fake encounter.
The CBI had cited telephone calls between Shah and two accused in its case against him. Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin Sheikh, said, “We will approach the High Court and the Supreme Court for the decision. We will also ask for an inquiry of the judge who discharged Shah.”