On the first day of hearing here on Friday, Special Judge J T Utpat issued summons to the accused, seeking their presence on May 23. Earlier, the case was transferred from Gujarat to Mumbai court.
The CBI filed a chargesheet in the case last September against Shah, the former home minister of Gujarat, and 18 others including several police officers.
According to the CBI, gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat's Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad and killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.
Following which, Tulsiram Prajapati, a key eye-witness to the encounter, was killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 2006, the investigating agency says.
According to CBI, Shah was involved in the conspiracy, which led to the fake encounters.

Shah has courted controversies on several instances with his divisive and contentious speeches during campaigning for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

In his latest controversial remark, Shah had dubbed Azamgarh, from where Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is fighting the Lok Sabha elections, as a base of terrorists.


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