New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on CBI's plea for cancellation of former Gujarat minister Amit Shah's bail in the case of fake encounter killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and for shifting the trial of the case outside the state.
    
"We are going to pass a very brief order," said a bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai.
    
It added it would also consider Shah's plea for permission to enter the state in view of the upcoming assembly elections there.

 

What is Sohrabuddin/Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case?


Sohrabuddin, an underworld don, was killed on the near Ahmedabad in November 2005, in an alleged fake encounter by Gujarat and Rajasthan Police. Two days later, Sohrabuddin’s wife was also killed by the police

• Tulsi Prajapati was an eye witness in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case

• Prajapati was killed on December 28, 2006 in an alleged fake encounter by Gujarat police

• Three IPS officers of Gujarat police- DG Vanjara, Rajkumar Pandian and Rajasthan's Dinesh MN- were arrested in July 2007 for their alleged involvement in
Sohrabuddin fake encounter case

• The Supreme Court handed over the Shohrabuddin case to CBI in January 2010

• Amit Shah, Gujarat’s  former Minister of State for Home and trusted lieutenant of CM Narendra Modi, was arrested in July 2010 for hatching conspiracy to kill Sohrabuddin, a notorious underworld criminal

•  Shah spent in Sabarmati jail for three months  

•  Special CBI Court rejected Amit Shah’s bail plea in September 2010

•  Shah walked out of jail on October 29, 2010 after being granted bail by Gujarat HC

• Amit Shah and 20 others were named by the CBI in its charge sheet in the Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case


During the two-hour-long hearing, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani said Shah is ready to accept any condition to continue on bail and is willing to give even an undertaking that he would not in any way, influence the trial.
    
The CBI has sought cancellation of Shah's bail saying he cannot be put on higher pedestal than other accused in the Sohrabuddin case who have been denied bail.
    
The agency added it has filed a charge sheet in the case of Tulsiram Prajapati killing two days ago, in which Shah and erstwhile top police officials have been charge-sheeted.
    
The CBI said Prajapati was a witness in the Sohrabuddin case and his killing was part of a larger conspiracy in which Shah, as the then head of the state administration, was involved.

(Agencies)

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