Sunday, October 31, 2010

Amit Shah leaves for Mumbai following SC order

Former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah left for Mumbai on Sunday morning following a Supreme Court directive asking him to be out of the state till November 15, when the CBI’s plea seeking cancellation of his bail will be heard.

Sources close to Mr. Shah said he left for Mumbai by a morning flight.

The former minister of state for home, an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court on Friday.

The CBI had on Saturday appealed in the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of his bail, but the apex court refused to alter the High Court order.

The apex court had also directed Shah to leave the state by Sunday morning and asked him to stay out till further order and posted the matter for next hearing on November 15.

The CBI had, in its arguments in the Supreme Court, said that Shah could tamper with evidence.

“By observing this condition set by the SC, Mr. Shah will be immune from the allegation of tampering with evidence,” Mr. Shah’s counsel Nirupam Nanavati had said.

Forty six-year-old Shah, a close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, had got a reprieve from the High Court which granted him bail three month after his arrest.

Mr. Shah, who has been described by the CBI as the “kingpin” of the conspiracy, had quit the Modi government in July this year after being slapped with charges of murder and kidnapping in the fake encounter killing of alleged gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi in 2005.

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