A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team probing the alleged Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case found that Narendra Modi aide Amit Shah, who was then Gujarat’s junior home minister, was not present in Ahmedabad when the killings occurred there on June 15, 2004.
“There were two facts that worked in Amit Shah’s favour: he was not present in Ahmedabad when the fake encounter was orchestrated in the city. Secondly, the probe team also found that Shah had made only a single telephone call, before the fake encounter took place, to one of the seven Ahmedabad police officials chargesheeted in the case by the CBI,” said a CBI source.
The agency had quizzed Shah once in October to verify its suspicions about his role. “When asked, Shah clarified to us that the call made by him was a routine one,” said the source. “We conducted a thorough examination to verify his role, but didn’t find anything tangible and so decided against naming him in the finalised probe report,” the source added.