news Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | May 23, 2014 | 2:30 PM IST Amit Shah, who recently led the Bharatiya Janata Party to an astounding victory in Uttar Pradesh has been summoned by a CBI court. The court has asked Shah to appear before it on June 6 in connection with the 2006 Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case. On May 9, Shah was asked by the judge to be present on May 23. But the case was adjourned on Friday. Shah is an accused in the case and is accused of sanctioning the fake encounters that led to the deaths of Tulsiram Prajapati in 2006 and Sohrabuddin Sheikh in 2005. Shah was earlier arrested in July 2010 and was released on bail three months later. In the CBI's charge-sheet which was filed in September 2013, Shah the former Home Minister of Gujarat and 18 others were listed as accused. Shah was booked for criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and offences under Arms Act. Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi along with Tulsiram were traveling on a bus from Andhra Pradesh in 2005 when they were abducted by the Gujarat police. Sohrabuddin and his wife were killed a few days later. Tulsiram, the sole witness to their abduction, was shot dead a year later. The police say that he tried to escape from custody. At first, the state admitted that the deaths were fake encounters, alleging that both Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram were terrorists conspiring to assassinate political leaders. But in the course of the CBI investigation, the latter said that Sohrabuddin had become an irritant for the powerful marble lobby in Rajasthan and hence was murdered. Shah was roped in to help as the lobby as he was the Home Minister that time, the CBI says. The case was initially heard by a court in Gujarat, but was later transferred to the Mumbai court.
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