The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will question Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Amit Shah in connection with the alleged fake encounter of suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad has been accused of killing Sheikh in a staged encounter on November 26, 2005, in Ahmedabad.
A CBI official told Hindustan Times that the questioning would take place in Mumbai in a week’s time. “Questioning him in Gujarat could pose a law and order problem. It’s safer to question him in a different city and state,” a CBI official said, requesting anonymity.
Sources said Shah would be questioned at the CBI’s Belapur office.
Following a Supreme Court order on January 12, the CBI registered a case against policemen of Gujarat and Rajasthan allegedly involved in Sohrabuddin’s staged killing on February 1.
After the CBI took over the case, the first arrest it made was that of Gujarat’s high-profile IPS officer Abhay Chudasama, Ahmedabad’s deputy commissioner of police.