The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has lodged an FIR in the Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case, which was recently handed over to the central agency by the Supreme Court.
The apex court was not satisfied by the probe carried out by the Gujarat Police.
"We have lodged an FIR and have begun investigations in the case as per the direction of the Supreme Court," a CBI official told HT .
The agency has appointed Vinay Kumar as the investigation officer while superintendent of police (SP) Amitabh Thakur will be the supervising officer under deputy director, CBI, P Kandaswamy, who will be the overall in-charge of the case.
Following this, Gujarat's former minister of state for home, Amit Shah, faces an imminent arrest.
"Shah is facing a case of triple murder as the CBI has always held that Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter is linked with Sohrabuddin fake encounter and is part of a larger conspiracy involving senior police officials and politicians of Gujarat and Rajasthan," a source in the agency said.
This is the second fake encounter case of Gujarat where the central agency has been roped in by the apex court. Previously, the Supreme Court had ordered a CBI probe in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in which the agency had arrested Amit Shah.
In the charge sheet that the CBI filed in the special CBI court in Ahmedabad in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, it has held that Sohrabuddin, his wife Kauser Bi and his accomplice Tulsi Prajapati were kidnapped by a joint team of Gujarat and Rajasthan Police from Andhra Pradesh in November 2005.