Former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah on Thursday alleged in the Supreme Court that he was a victim of a political conspiracy and that he had been falsely implicated in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case by the CBI.
"He (Shah) is the victim of political conspiracy to which CBI is a party," Shah's counsel and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani submitted before a bench comprising Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai.
He alleged that for implicating Shah in the case of Soharabuddin, who was a "gangster and extortionist", the CBI has been trying to connect him with other criminal cases for "political reasons" with which the case in hand had no linkage.
"Soharabuddin Sheikh case was a political issue in the 2007 Assembly election and they (CBI) want it to continue as a political issue," Jethmalani said during the hearing of CBI's plea seeking cancellation of bail granted to Shah by the Gujarat high court.
The senior advocate said that the Gujarat police had admitted that Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter but to say that the incident had connections with cases of extortion of money or smuggling allegedly involving Shah would be wrong.
"They (Gujarat Police) killed him (Sohrabuddin) as they wanted to get rid of him and of a person who was involved in extortion of money. It was a fake encounter but police wanted to get rid of a hated person," Jethmalani submitted.
He was responding to a question by a bench whether "every criminal" can be called a "terrorist".