The CBI on Wednesday gave a clean chit to Narendra Modi’s close aide and Gujarat’s former home minister Amit Shah in the alleged fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004.
“There is no sufficient evidence against Amit Shah. Hence CBI has not charge-sheeted him,” CBI inspector Vishwas Kumar Meena said in an affidavit filed before the special CBI court. “It is most respectfully submitted that Shah was not named in the FIR of the case. CBI has also not named him in the charge sheet as an accused,” he said.
The investigating agency also sought dismissal of the plea by Gopinath Pillai, father of Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, who was among those killed with Ishrat, to arraign Shah and the then Ahmedabad police commissioner KR Kaushik in the case.
The agency submitted no evidence was found to prove Kaushik’s role or involvement.
—With agency inputs