A special Central Bureau of Investigation court on Monday, once again exempted Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah from appearance in the alleged fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh.
The case has now been adjourned to October 6.
Shah, who sought for exemption on the grounds of being busy with election campaign work for the coming legislative assembly election, was exempted by special judge BH Loya.
“He being president of a political party has to attend election campaigns. He also has to be present for meetings regarding legislative assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana which is scheduled for October 15 and therefore it is not possible for him to attend the court,” said Mitesh Amin, Shah’s counsel.
He further said that order on Shah’s discharge application is still pending and if his presence is found imperative by the court then the politician will be present.
“His absence should not prejudice the court proceedings,” he added.
Anubha Rastogi, the legal aid for Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin who is the complainant in the alleged fake encounter case, opposed the application for exemption of Shah as she said that the BJP president has not been attending the hearings since a long time now.
Meanwhile, Rubabuddin alleged that one of the accused, Naresh V Chauhan, threatened him in the CBI court room. The complainant also filed an application in the court regarding the threat.
According to the application, Chauhan, a sub-inspector with Gujarat anti-terrorism squad, who is out on bail, threatened him when the complainant was waiting for the hearing to commence.
“Teri aukat dikha dunga , bahar nikal, samajhta kya hai apne aap ko (I will show you your actual place, you come outside, what do you think of yourself?),” read the threat as quoted in the application.
The complainant through his lawyer, in the application, prayed for the bail of the said accused to be cancelled and appealed for appropriate criminal proceeding to be initiated.
“I was an eyewitness to the incident, Naresh Chauhan was sitting with me and discussing the case before the hearing started. At that time, the complainant entered and he directed the accused by saying that he is not allowed to sit beside the advocates, and that he should sit in the accused box. Chauhan then reciprocated by saying that he (Rubabuddin) has no authority to direct him regarding what he should do. The court had not started by that time and he was giving directions to his lawyer about the case,” said Tarun Shah, Chauhan’s lawyer, while talking to HT.
“I will be filing a reply to the application on the next date,” he added.