Amit Shah was in touch with police officers: lawyer

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 21:58 IST

Contesting the discharge application filed by BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case, counsel for the complainant on Tuesday made a series of accusations against him before the special CBI court trying the case here.

Senior counsel Mihir Desai argued in court that Shah had been in frequent touch with police officers S Rajkumar Pandyan and DG Vanzara, who are now in jail in connection with the case, and that he had also tried to influence the investigation into the killings.

Looking at the statements recorded in the charge sheet the minimum that could be deciphered was that Shah was either trying to destroy evidence or fabricate it, and hence the discharge plea should be rejected, Desai contended.

Sohrabuddin was abducted and killed in an encounter with the police on November 26, 2005, in Ahmedabad. His wife Kausarbi was murdered three days later, and her body disposed of.

Later, Tulsiram Prajapati, an eye-witness to Sohrabuddin’s killing, was killed by the police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 28, 2006. Following this, Sohrabuddin’s brother, Rubabuddin, had filed a complaint that his brother was killed in a fake encounter.

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