Amit Shah not in CBI’s Ishrat case charge sheet?
The CBI, which is probing the alleged fake encounter involving Ishrat Jahan, is not likely to name Narendra Modi aide Amit Shah as an accused in its supplementary charge sheet, which focuses on the conspiracy aspect.india Updated: Dec 01, 2013 02:28 IST
The CBI, which is probing the alleged fake encounter involving Ishrat Jahan, is not likely to name Narendra Modi aide Amit Shah as an accused in its supplementary charge sheet, which focuses on the conspiracy aspect and will be submitted after Monday.
Confirming this, a CBI source said, “We have conducted a thorough examination to verify if the then Gujarat (home) minister Amit Shah played any role in the conspiracy behind the encounter but did not find anything tangible. We may not name him in the supplementary charge sheet since there isn’t adequate evidence.”
The agency had quizzed Shah once in October. Ishrat, a 19-year-old college girl from Mumbai, and three men were killed in Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004 by the state police in what the CBI, in its first charge sheet, has called a staged encounter.
“Our (supplementary) charge sheet has been finalised and needs the approval of the CBI director. He returns from abroad on December 2, so submission will happen afterwards,” the source said.
The first charge sheet, submitted on July 3, had carried witness accounts saying some of the accused had claimed to have kept Shah in the loop. The CBI also scrutinised phone conversations to verify if Shah was one of the conspirators, the source said.
“The supplementary charge sheet will mention the roles of four officials who were then with the Intelligence Bureau’s Gujarat unit (SIB), including a retired special director, in the interception and illegal detention of the four deceased — Jishan Johar, Amjad Ali, Javed Shaikh and Ishrat Jahan,” the source added.
HT was first to report on November 15 that the CBI may mention the role of four former SIB officials in its supplementary charge sheet.
However, the charge sheet is expected to be silent on the antecedents of the four deceased. As first reported by HT on November 14, the CBI had sent a judicial request (letters rogatory) to Pakistan, seeking information on Johar and Ali — who were alleged to be Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives sent to Ahmedabad on a terror mission. Pakistan is yet to respond.
The CBI may file a second supplementary charge sheet later if they find evidence against a few state-level politicians, including a former minister who allegedly held a meeting in November 2011 to influence the probe of the court-appointed special investigation team, according to the source.