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CBI not to name Shah in Ishrat case chargesheet

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 25, 2013
First Published: 00:43 IST(25/12/2013) | Last Updated: 01:09 IST(25/12/2013)

The CBI has finalised its supplementary chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case and may not name Narendra Modi aide Amit Shah as an accused due to lack of evidence.

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Confirming this, a CBI senior official said, “Against Amit Shah, the probe team found no tangible, legally-tenable evidence despite thorough examination.”

HT had first reported on December 2 that the CBI supplementary chargesheet may not name Shah due to lack of evidence. HT also first reported on December 17 about the findings that worked in Shah’s favour: he was not present in Ahmedabad when the fake encounter occurred.

Secondly, Shah had made a single routine telephone call before the fake encounter took place, to one of the seven Ahmedabad police officials chargesheeted in the case by the CBI.

The source added the supplementary chargesheet, which focuses on the conspiracy aspect, would name four Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials, including a retired special director, for their alleged role that included interception and illegal detention of the four deceased including Ishrat Jahan.

HT had first reported on November 16 that the supplementary chargesheet may name four IB officials as accused. The source added that the CBI has sought opinion from the law ministry on whether it requires sanction to prosecute the IB officials.

However, on Tuesday, CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said, “No final decision for filing the supplementary chargesheet has been taken as of now.”


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