A special CBI court on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of two close aides of former Gujarat minister Amit Shah against whom non bailable warrants were issued in connection with Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case.
Special CBI judge G K Upadhyay, while rejecting the application of Yashpal Chudasama and Ajay Patel, said since a non-bailable warrant was pending against them in a serious
offence, their application for anticipatory bail cannot be entertained.
The court said since the charges against Chudasama and Patel are threatening the witnesses and destruction of evidence, their plea ought to be rejected.
The duo, close aides of Shah and also office bearers of Ahmedabad District Cooperative (ADC) bank, have been absconding after their names appeared in the chargesheet filed by CBI in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
Chudasama and Patel's lawyers, during the hearing of their application, had contended that they were not involved in the fake encounter which took place in November 2005.
They had argued that their clients could be booked for attempt to destroy evidence, which was a bailable offence and hence anticipatory bail could be granted.