Saturday, July 24, 2010

Amit Shah surfaces at BJP press conference

CBI likely to seek `jail & trial outside Gujarat` for Amit Shah
Former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah, who was on the run for the last three days after being charged with his alleged involvement in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, has finally appeared before the media during a BJP press conference here.
Shah has said that he was being framed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
"All the allegations against me are politically motivated and fabricated. None of the allegations are true," said Shah.
Earlier, it was being said that CBI has taken the Best Bakery line to get the case transferred outside Gujarat.
In the chargesheet that was filed on Friday, CBI stated that Shah has tried to influence witnesses in the fake encounter case and this argument, supported by evidence, is likely to be presented to the SC for the transfer of the case outside Gujarat.
Shah, who was charged with murder in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had resigned yesterday.
Narendra Modi had said yesterday that Shah has resigned but all charges against him are fabricated. The CBI has charged Shah with conspiracy to murder.
Modi had also said that he has received Shah`s resignation letter and will initiate the process once he reaches Ahmedabad.
Shah is accused of calling up policemen involved in the killing of Sheikh, who was a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative. The CBI collected the phone records of the minister to prove his role in the execution of the staged killing, sources said.
The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has been accused of killing Sheikh in a staged shootout on November 26, 2005, in Ahmedabad. His wife Kauserbi has been missing ever since.
The CBI took over the investigations of the fake encounter and mysterious murder of his wife Kausar Bi in January this year on the direction of the Supreme Court.


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