New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday grilled the close aide of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah in connection with the 2006 fake encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness to the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausarbi.

Shah was extensively quizzed for more than eight hours on Tuesday and the interrogation will be continued on Wednesday, a CBI official said.

Shah is presently out on bail after being arrested for his involvement in hatching of conspiracy of Sohrabuddin’s killing.

A senior CBI official said, the BJP leader during his tenure was in constant touch with the police officers who were probing the encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati.

During the interrogation, the CBI confronted Shah over the matter with the telephone records. However, he denied his role into the case and said he was in contact with the officials as part of his daily exercise.
   
Prajapati, a close aide of Sohrabuddin, was killed in an alleged shootout near Chapri village in Banaskantha district on December 28, 2006.
   
The CBI took over the case last April following direction from the Supreme Court and registered a case against police officials of Gujarat and Rajasthan and others for alleged involvement in the criminal conspiracy of wrongful restraint, wrongful confinement, abduction and murder of Tulsi Prajapati and causing disappearance of evidence.

JPN/ Bureau