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CBI tightens noose on Shah, Amin may turn approver

PTI  Ahmedabad, July 26, 2010
First Published: 12:45 IST(26/7/2010) | Last Updated: 17:38 IST(26/7/2010)

In a shot in the arm for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), former Deputy Superintendent of Police N K Amin, an accused in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, is likely to file an application for becoming an approver, his lawyer said here today. Meanwhile, the CBI has moved the court to question Amit Shah.

The CBI has sought permission from a special court to question Gujarat's former minister Amit Shah in jail in connection with the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh killing.

Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani appeared for the former minister in court.

"We are going to file an application in the CBI court on behalf of Amin to turn him into an approver in the (Sohrabuddin) case," Amin's lawyer Jadgish Ramani said after coming out of the CBI office in Gandhinagar.

The application is likely to be filed later in the day at the CBI court in Ahmedabad, he said.

Amin, who is in jail, was assistant commissioner of police (ACP) city crime branch before being arrested in 2007 based on the statement of a witness involved in the operation of abducting Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar bi.

Another lawyer Rajesh Modi, who is representing Amin, said there was threat to his client's life from the other accused in the case.

"There is a threat to Amin's life from the other accused as all are lodged together in the Sabarmati Central jail here. So we have decided to move an application for jail transfer for Amin," Modi said.

The application is likely to be filed in the CBI court here today.

On their part, the BJP has accused the Congress of misusing the CBI and using the agency for its political vendetta.

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