Noose tightens around Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
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  • Updated: Jul 27, 2010 00:57 IST

The CBI noose around the neck of Amit Shah — close Narendra Modi aide and former Gujarat minister of state for home — tightened further on Monday with suspended Gujarat policeman NK Amin declaring that he was willing to turn approver.

Amin has sought permission from the court to do so.

Amin is in jail for his involvement in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter. He was Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Ahmedabad Crime Branch when Sheikh was killed in 2005.

If the court gives its permission, Amin’s testimony could strengthen the CBI’s case further, officials said.

“Amin has moved an application for turning approver. This will help us build a watertight case,” a CBI official told Hindustan Times.

Shah appealed to the special court for bail on Monday, a day after he surrendered to the CBI. That hearing has been fixed for August 2, which means he will stay in jail till until then.

The CBI, which also moved court get interrogation access to Shah, has been given permission to do so between July 28 and July 30.

Shah’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani has demanded that the interrogation be videotaped.

Amin was closely involved in the alleged murder of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauserbi. Amin is believed to have a recorded telephone conversation with a police officer in his possession, which directly links Shah to the alleged murder of Kauserbi. More of Amit Shah’s skeletons are also tumbling out. Sources revealed way back as in 2005, the then additional DGP CID (crime) of Gujarat had written to Chief Secretary Sudhir Mankad that Amit Shah had taken Rs 2.5 crore to help stock market fraudster Ketan Parekh get bail.


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