In its reply to a petition filed by Gopinath Pillai in a special court, the CBI on Wednesday said that it does not have any concrete evidence against Shah and former DGP KR Kaushik that could be sufficient to get both of them prosecuted.

Pillai, whose son Javed Sheikh (Pranesh) was one of the four persons slayed by the Gujarat police in an alleged staged encounter in 2004, had sought indictment of these two accused – Shah and Kaushik - in the case.

Pillai said in his petition that Kaushik was the Ahmedabad Police Commissioner when the alleged staged operation took place and he was aware of the encounter, which was staged according to him.

The CBI has already filed chargesheet against 11 persons in this case with suspended ADGP PP Pandey, DG Vanzara and GL Singhal among some of the big names. Four other IB officials were also chargesheeted in this case.

A controversial figure – Shah is also accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and was arrested for in 2010. However, the BJP national general secretary is out on bail from last few years.

Shah had recently courted controversy after giving out contentious and divisive statements during his election campaign in Uttar Pradesh. He had to apologise in front of the Election Commission for his controversial comments.

Off late, he drew sharp flak for calling Azamgarh a base for terrorists. The Election Commission has sought a detailed report from the district administration on this matter.


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