Hearing on the bail plea of former minister Amit Shah, arrested in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, was adjourned by the Gujarat High Court on Friday with his counsel submitting that the special CBI court order not granting him bail "lacked judicial balance".
Justice RS Shukla put off the matter till October 26 after hearing the arguments of Shah's counsel Ram Jethmalani.
The BJP leader's bail was earlier rejected by CBI court after which he approached the Gujarat High Court.
Jethmalani said the CBI court's order rejecting bail plea of the former minister of state for home, who is in jail since his arrest in late July, "lacked judicial balance".
The senior lawyer argued that Sohrabuddin, killed in a staged shootout near here in November 2005, was an "extortionist and a racketeer".
Shah's arrest by CBI was politically motivated and aimed at tarnishing his reputation, he said.
Jethmalani submitted that CBI has cooked up the link between Popular Builders firing case and the Sohrabuddin episode to build up false evidence against the BJP leader.
According to the CBI charge sheet, Shah and Gujarat Police staged the firing in the local office of Popular Builders, a realty firm owned by Raman Patel and his brother Dashrath, by Sohrabuddin's men to get a case filed against him in the state so that they can later eliminate him.