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Amit Shah in trouble

Ahmedabad: Though Former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah defended his CM Narendra Modi in Supreme Court, but he  is once again in trouble for Tulsi Prajapati encounter.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has accused the former Gujarat home minister with conspiring with policemen to kill Prajapati, the main witness of the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. The investigating agency told the Supreme Court on 9 March that there were many phone calls between Shah and IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian before Prajapati was eliminated.

The CBI counsel KTS Tulsi said that Shah was the head of the extortion racket involving politicians, police and criminals. This was strongly objected by Shah’s counsel Ram Jethmalani. The SC was hearing a petition moved by Narmada Bai, mother of Prajapati, to hand over the investigation of the case to CBI.

Tulsi said that Sohrabuddin and Prajapati encounter killings were part of the same conspiracy and should be considered as one. He said that the Gujarat police was trying to treat the two cases as different. Prajapti was the only witness in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter and for that reason he was killed, he told the court.

Appearing before a Bench of Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan, senior counsel Ram Jethmalani said the Central government was targetting Modi due to political reasons and Shah was only a medium through which it could achieve it.

“It is just an illusion to say that CBI is a premier investigating agency. It was initially conceived as an anti-corruption agency…. There is evidence to prove that there is a conspiracy between CBI and the Central government to target a democratically-elected government….” Jethmalani told the apex court.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 10

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