Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah was issued a fresh summon today after he failed to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the alleged fake encounter of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
Shah will appear before the CBI on Friday. The minister Shah was issued a summon earlier in the day but he did not turn up.
"Shah has been asked to appear before us today at CBI office in Gandhinagar," CBI IG P Kandaswamy said.
The minister has been recently skipping cabinet meetings and not not attending office. He also skipped the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.
The minister's absence from the cabinet meeting had fuelled speculation in the media that he might be arrested by the CBI in connection with the case.
Congress had demanded the resignation of the Minister on moral grounds after his name cropped up in the case.
The CBI took over the investigation of the fake encounter and the mysterious murder of Sohrabuddin's wife Kausar Bi in January this year on the direction of the Supreme Court.
The CBI has also arrested DCP Abhay Chudasama, the fourth IPS officer to be held in the fake encounter case.
Earlier, state CID investigating the case, had arrested D G Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian, both IPS officers of Gujarat cadre, and Dinesh M N, IPS from Rajasthan in the case along with 10 other policemen.
The CBI has earlier demanded from state CID to hand over documents related to the Tulsi Prajapati encounter case as they believe that Tulsi was a key witness in the Soharabuddin case.
The state CID has arrested IPS officer Vipul Agarawal and three others in the Tulsi Prajapati encounter case.