In a major relief for BJP president Amit Shah, a special CBI court in Mumbai discharged him in the fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram Prajapati. The CBI charged Shah and 37 others in the fake encounter of the two under various sections of the IPC including those for criminal conspiracy, wrongful confinement and destruction of evidence.
The special CBI judge M.B. Gosavi said, “I am of the opinion that the inference that the CBI has drawn is not accepted.” The entire record when considered in totality shows there is no case against the applicant Mr.Shah, he added while recording his reasons for discharging the accused under section 227 of the Code of Criminal Procedure ( CrPc).
This means that Shah won’t stand trial in the case. According to the CBI, Sohrabuddin, who had links with Pakistan based terror group LeT, was abducted along with his wife Kauser Bi by Gujarat’s Anti Terrorism Squad on their way from Hyderabad to Sangali in Maharashtra. Sohrabuddin was gunned down in a staged encounter near Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat in November, 2005. His close aide, Prajapati was also killed at Chapri village in Banaskantha district in Gujarat in December 2006 as he was the sole eyewitness to the encounter.