Former Gujarat minister Amit Shah today accused the CBI in the Supreme Court of falsely implicating him the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case to destabilise the Narendra Modi government.
Shah's counsel Ram Jethmalani alleged that there was serious lapses in the probe by the CBI saying it was trying to protect the Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan police because of friendly Congress governments there. "The Central government is out to destabilise the Gujarat government which is a thorn in its flesh. This is the design of the Centre," Jethmalani said before a bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai which was hearing the CBI's plea for cancellation of bail granted to Shah by the Gujarat high court.
He submitted that Gujarat Police were probing the case in right direction but the investigation was handed over to the CBI which has implicated Shah in the case. The senior advocate alleged that the agency has wiped out the role of the Andhra Pradesh Police in the case and has concealed the statement of its police official who was a member of the joint team allegedly involved in the killing of Sohrabuddin.
Jethmalani was referring to Andhra Pradesh police official N Balasubramanian, whose statement, he alleged was not brought on record. "Why are they (CBI) concealing it? His statement is not available in the CBI record," he said, adding that "Balasubramanian was acting in tandem with the central intelligence agencies to track Sohrabuddin".
"Tracking (of Sohrabuddin) was done by the intelligence agencies of the government with the help of police of the Andhra Pradesh," he claimed and told the bench that CBI should be asked to produce the statement of Balasubramanian.