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Sohrabuddin case: CBI makes another arrest
Published on 27 Jul. 2010 11:21 PM IST
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Even as the noose tightened around former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, the CBI on Tuesday made another high-profile arrest, this time netting the brother of a BJP corporator.
Raju Jirawala, owner of Arham Farm - the farmhouse where Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s wife Kausar Bi was killed - is the brother of Surendra Jirawala, who is a BJP corporator.
The charge sheet filed by CBI in the case states that Kausar Bi was murdered in Arham Farm, which is located on outskirts of Gandhinagar, reported Zeenews.
When the luxury bus of Sangeeta travels was intercepted on November 21, 2005 in Sangli in Maharashtra and Sohrabuddin was taken into custody, Gujarat Police had asked Kausar Bi who was travelling with him, to get back into the bus, the charge sheet said. But Kausar Bi refused to leave her husband and so Gujarat Police officials decided to take her along, it said.
Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi were kept in Disha Farm till night of November 25, 2005, and then they were taken to Arham Farm, from where Sohrabuddin was taken to Ahmedabad and killed in a fake encounter, it said.
Meanwhile, Amit Shah will get a copy of the CBI charge sheet today, a day before he faces questioning by the agency.
Shah on Monday had moved the special CBI court for bail, which said it would hear his plea on August 2. Veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani will assist Shah’s advocates in the plead for bail. BJP MP and eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani today accused the CBI of leaking to the media details of the charge sheet against former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin encounter case.
“The accused does not have the charge sheet but the media has it. This is the CBI’s design,” Jethmalani, who is providing legal assistance to Shah, alleged.
He said excerpts of the charge sheet were being carried in newspaper reports everyday but Shah had still not been provided with a copy. Jethmalani further alleged that this was misuse of the CBI and was improper. “I condemn it... CBI is holding press conferences,” he said. The senior lawyer said that the court had ordered that a copy of the charge sheet be handed over to Shah.
Jethmalani had rushed to Ahmedabad yesterday, soon after taking oath as a BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan, to represent Shah, who is lodged in Sabarmati jail.
He had told the court that they had no problem with the interrogation of the BJP leader but demanded that the entire questioning should be recorded.
The court had directed that Shah’s interrogation should be video recorded.
Shah, a close aide of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, is facing murder, extortion and other charges in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. He resigned as Minister of State for Home in the Gujarat government on Saturday after a charge sheet was filed against him. The former minister was arrested on Sunday and sent to judicial custody till August 7.
8 cops oppose
Eight arrested police officials, including three IPS officers, have objected to former deputy superintendent of police NK Amin turning approver in the case involving the encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
They have raised objection to Amin’s application in which he had requested the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court to let him become prosecution’s witness.
The lawyers of the arrested officials said the court should first listen to their clients’ version of the incident before deciding on the appeal. NK Amin is one of the accused in the alleged fake encounter in 2005 in which Sohrabuddin Sheikh was killed by Gujarat Police. Sheikh’s wife, Kausar Bi was killed later.
It is alleged that NK Amin was at the farm house where Kauser Bi was being kept hostage and was present during the killing of both Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Kausar Bi. Amin was arrested by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajnish Rai.
He is important to the CBI because he can reveal the exact sequence of events and give vital information to the investigating agency about what happened from November 25, 2005 till November 29 2005. NK Amin is also considered to be close to former DIG DG Vanzara, the prime accused in the case. The court will decide on his appeal on August 3. However, it has turned down Amin’s other plea seeking his transfer from the jail he is currently lodged in, to a different one. Amin had said that he faces threat to his life from the other accused in the case.

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