The CBI is likely to take the custody of former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah next week after examining two senior police officials including Geetha Johri, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team probing the 2002 communal riots.
Sources in the investigating agency said that Shah, who was arrested in Gandhinagar on Sunday after he surrendered, needs to be confronted with some people who were being examined by the CBI in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
A close aide of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, 46-year -old Shah on Saturday resigned as Minister of State for Home. Modi said Shah was "innocent" and a law-abiding citizen and charged that a pick-and-choose approach was being pursued against Gujarat.
Modi said CBI was being used as a political weapon to settle political scores.
They said the agency would be exmaining 53-year-old Johri, a 1982 batch IPS officer, and record her statement besides that of former Ahmedabad Police Commissioner O P Mathur, who retired last year on March 31, 2009. Some more police officials and individuals would also be examined by the CBI.
The sources said that after examining them and some others, the CBI would take the custody Shah, who has been sent to Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad till August 7, for a thorough interrogation.
They said that he would also be confronted with some of the police officials already in custody after taking the permission from courts.
Shah has been charged under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 120 B(conspiracy), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 364, 365 and 368 (all related to kidnapping), 384 (extortion) and 201 (disappearance of evidence).
Shah claimed that he was innocent and said that charges against him were "fabricated, politically motivated and were on the instruction of Congress government" and demanded that his entire questioning by the CBI be video-graphed.