Gujarat’s absconding junior home minister and murder accused, Amit Shah, resigned on Saturday. Chief Minister Narendra Modi announced Shah’s resignation, maintaining his colleague was innocent.
(FILE) Gujarat's Minister of State for Home Amit Shah at an event in Ahmedabad. Shah failed to appear before CBI which had issued summons to him in connection with the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake encounter.
Shah remained untraceable till the time of writing this report.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is hard on the heels of Shah, has charged him with running an extortion racket that was responsible for killing alleged gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife, Kauserbi, in November 2005.
“Shah is innocent. All the charges against him are fabricated and politically motivated … he will fight a legal battle,” Modi told media persons in New Delhi “He has sent his resignation, which will be accepted.”
The Gujarat CM was in the Capital to attend the National Development Council meeting, convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Shah, whose anticipatory bail was rejected by the special CBI court in Ahmedabad on Friday, has the option to either
surrender, or approach the Gujarat High Court seeking anticipatory bail.
The agency’s charges against Shah are criminal conspiracy, murder, extortion, kidnapping, illegal confinement, evidence destruction and tampering, and influencing and threatening witnesses.
“We have evidence to prove that Shah ordered Kauserbi’s murder after Sohrabuddin was eliminated in a fake encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on November 26, 2005,” a top official involved in the investigation said.
Sources close to Shah said the minister might surrender before the court, as he did not trust the investigation agency.
“His lawyer, Ram Jethmalani, will coming to Ahmedabad on Monday and subsequently he will surrender before the court,” a close aide of Shah told Hindustan Times.
Apart from Shah, two of his associates, four IPS officers and eight other policemen have been chargesheeted by the CBI.
The CBI may also question some BJP leaders from Rajasthan, including a former minister.