Mumbai: A special CBI court Judge M. B. Gosavi today, in his order has discharged BJP national president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
During the arguments Shah's advocate S. V. Raju argued, "Framing Amit Shah was politically motivated in the case and there are absolutely no evidence of his involvement. Just because he called the officers that doesn't mean he conspired it."
CBI had chargesheeted Shah, a former home minister of Gujarat and other 37, including several police officers, in September 2013. Mr Shah was charged with offences that is criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and offences under the arms act.
According to CBI, Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by the Gujarat police's Anti-Terrorism Squad in November 2005. They were then killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar.
Tulsiram Prajapati who was an eye witness to this fake encounter was also killed by the police in another staged encounter by the police at Chapri village in Banaskantha District of Gujarat in December 2006.
It was allegedly said that Sohrabuddin demanded protection money from a businessman prior to his fake encounter.
Last month itself Shah was granted an exemption from appearing before the CBI court until the framing of charges.
Speaking to Rubabhuddin, Sohrabuddin's brother, "We will approach High Court and Supreme Court for the decision given by the session court judge. We will also ask for the enquiry of the judge for his decision in discharging Shah."