Need to Know | Gujarat home minister summoned by CBI

Need to Know | Gujarat home minister summoned by CBI

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) again summoned Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, a close aide of chief minister Narendra Modi, on Friday after he failed to turn up for questioning of his role in alleged fake encounter case of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Sohrabuddin Sheikh in November 2005. Shah did not appear before the agency as he was said to be out of town.

“Summon has been issued to minister of state for home Amit Shah for purpose of examination as he is acquainted with circumstances of the case," CBI DIG P. Kandaswamy said.

“Supreme Court has directed us to investigate the fake encounter case and we are doing it as per the laws laid down. Further investigations is on and nothing more can be disclosed in the case," he said. Shah in his press statement said: “this is an attempt by the central leadership of the congress to carry out my political encounter. It is for the court to decide whether the Shorabuddin encounter was fake.

“As MoS home, i have always followed the constitution and democratic rules. All the lies spread about me have no basis. Lies are spread at the behest of the Congress party, There can not be any bigger misuse of power than this. I have full faith in the judicial system," he said.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said: “does Gujarat deserve a home minister who is under investigation in a case of fake encounter which is really an acronym of cold-blooded murder. That is something on which BJP needed to do an introspection."

The CBI took over the case relating to the death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi in January, 2010 on the directions of the Supreme Court.

Rubabuddin, Sohrabuddin’s brother, said: “Amit Shah should have resigned by now...CBI is doing its investigation in the right direction. I hope CBI will trace the culprits."

“We are investigating Amit Shah. we will submit the report to SC by the end of this month," CBI director Ashwani Kumar had told Mint last week. A senior CBI official close to investigations said that Shah role is also being probed in 2006 fake encounter of Tulsi Prajapati, who was sole witness to Sohrabuddin’s killing.

With inputs from PTI


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