Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CBI quizzes Amit Shah in Ahmedabad jail‎

CBI quizzes Amit Shah in Ahmedabad jail‎

Former Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah is being questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inside the Sabarmati Jail over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

The CBI began questioning at around 10:30 am on Wednesday morning.

Shah is being interrogated by the CBI for the first time in connection with the killing of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausarbi.

The CBI will question Shah over three days starting today. CBI officer Amitabh Thakur and other officials along with their lawyer are part of the team constituted to quiz Shah.

Shah is likely to be questioned about his role and to what extent was he involved in the conspiracy to abduct and kill the couple. The CBI will also grill him on whether he had a role to play inthe killing and disposing off the body of Kauser Bi.

Shah resigned as minister of state for home in the Gujarat government on Saturday after a chargesheet was filed against him. He was arrested by the CBI on Sunday amid high drama and was sent to judicial custody till August 7.

"All the allegations against me are politically motivated and fabricated. None of the allegations are true," Shah had said.

Backing his close aide, Chief Minister Narendra Modi had said that Shah has resigned but all charges against him are fabricated.

The CBI on Tuesday made another high-profile arrest in the Sohrabuddin. Raju Jirawala, the owner of Arham Farm, was taken into CBI custudy on Tuesday.

The charge sheet filed by CBI states that Kausar Bi was murdered in Arham Farm, which is located on outskirts of Gandhinagar.

Shah has been 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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