A "staunchly stubborn" and "uncooperative" Amit Shah proved to be a tough customer for CBI officials who interrogated him.
The two-day custodial remand of Gujarat’s former junior home minister did not yield anything, sources in the CBI said.
"If you have evidence of my involvement in the case, you prove it during the trial in court," Shah reportedly told his interrogators, who questioned him for more than 18 hours during the remand granted by the Gujarat High Court in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
Shah, a former key aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, was confronted with questions about his involvement in an extortion racket, the Sohrabuddin encounter, murder of Sohrabuddin’s wife Kauser Bi and whether he tried to pressure police officers to derail the probe.
"We put hundreds of questions to him but he was elusive and his answers were mostly in monosyllables," a CBI official who interrogated Shah told Hindustan Times.
"On Kauser Bi’s murder, he said he only learnt in 2007 that she was also probably killed," the official said. "He claimed that he never interfered in the day-to-day job of any police official in any case."
Sohrabuddin Sheikh was killed in an encounter near Ahmedabad in November 2005.
With his CBI custody ending on Sunday, Shah has been sent back in judicial custody.
The former minister has been in Sabarmati jail since he was sent in judicial custody after he surrendered before the CBI on July 25.
His bail plea is scheduled to come up for hearing on Wednesday at a special CBI court in Ahmedabad.