The probe into Gujarat’s extra-judicial killings by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team had uncovered strong links between Amit Shah and the deaths of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausarbi. Hindustan Times has accessed part of the SIT report that indicates a large body of evidence against the Gujarat minister.
According to SIT reports, its probe was proceeding “smoothly and properly” as long as it was outside Gujarat. “However, as soon as the statements of witnesses pertaining to confinement of Sohrabuddin and Kausarbi… came to be recorded, it came to the knowledge of D.G. Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian (both jailed for the fake encounters)… these officers brought the above facts to the notice of… Shri Amit Shah.”
Shah allegedly “brought to bear pressure on G.C. Raigar,” then additional Director General of Police (state CID, crime). Raigar allegedly directed SIT chief Geetha Johri to “suspend the enquiry and took away the papers of inquiry under the guise of scrutiny”.
Shah, according to SIT findings, directed investigating officers to provide him with the list of witnesses, both police and private, yet to be contacted by the CID (crime). The report says Shah’s direction had gone beyond the scope of his office, was patently illegal and designed to provide the same list to Vanzara and Pandian so they could take defensive measures.
The report says “it is reliably learnt that the minister in course of conversation with the senior officers had admitted in a cavalier manner that Smt Kausarbi had been killed as well”. That meeting is recorded as being held on January 30, 2006, at the Circuit House in Gandhinagar and attended by DGP Gujarat, Addl DGP, IG of Police CID (crime).
At the meeting, Shah “attempted to influence the investigating agency into believing Kausarbi… might have run away somewhere”.
Johri had sought Raigar’s permission to lodge case against Vanzara and Pandian and other officers, which was granted in writing. But Johri was allegedly orally told not to register an FIR without checking with Raigar — under Shah’s influence, according to SIT.