Amidst fears of his likely arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah has reportedly started consulting lawyers to find a way out. Shah on Wednesday skipped the weekly cabinet meeting in the state capital.
There is speculation that he reportedly sought the opinion of Chief Minister Narendra Modi on whether he should step down from his post. He is also exploring the possibility of approaching a court to seek anticipatory bail as his arrest seems imminent.
"He has been meeting lawyers but one cannot assume that he is exploring the possibility of anticipatory bail," a senior official from the state home department said.
He added, "so far the agency investigating the matter has not even called him for anything and whatever is appearing in the press is not official."
Meanwhile, the Gujarat government spokesperson declined to comment when asked whether Shah would seek anticipatory bail.
HT had earlier reported that the minister had not been attending office for the past three months following senior police officer Abhay Chudasama's arrest in connection with the fake encounter case.