BJP President Amit Shah Discharged In Fake Encounters Case

30/12/2014 5:38 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah acknowledges the crowd during a public meeting observing party's 'Raising Day' in Kolkata, India, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/ Bikas Das)

Mumbai, Dec 30: In a major relief to BJP President Amit Shah, a special CBI court today discharged him in the case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing in 2005.

"I am of the opinion that the inference drawn by CBI is not accepted in totality and he (Shah) cannot be charged as an accused," Special CBI Judge M B Gosavi said in a brief order pronounced in the court.

Details of the judgement will be available later.

The CBI had charged Shah, the then Minister of State for Home in Gujarat, as an accused in the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, who was said to have been an eyewitness to the encounter.

The CBI had cited some alleged telephone calls between Shah and two other accused in the case.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the special CBI court discharging BJP President Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case has vindicated the party's stand.

Using his personal twitter handle, Singh tweeted that he was "extremely pleased" to know that Shah was given a clean chit by the special CBI court.

"The court's verdict vindicates our stand," he tweeted.

Special CBI Judge in Mumbai M B Gosavi today ruled that Shah could not be charged in the 2006 Sheikh's fake encounter case.

The CBI had charged Shah, the then Minister of State for Home in Gujarat, as an accused in the killing of gangster Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, who was said to have been an eyewitness to the encounter.

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