CBI gives clean chit to Amit Shah in Ishrat case
BJP leader Amit Shah got a chance to heave a sigh of relief after the CBI on Wednesday gave him a clean chit in connection with the Ishrat Jahan ‘fake encounter case’. Shah was questioned several times after Gopinath Pillai, father of Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Gulam Sheikh who was killed along with Ishrat, demanded before the court that Shah should be named as an accused in the case.
Officials on Wednesday told the court that they did not find ‘sufficient evidence to arraign Shah and retired IPS officer KR Kaushik as accused in the case. In 2004, at the time of the encounter, Shah was the home minister of Gujarat while Kaushik was the Ahmedabad police commissioner.
On 15 June 2004, Ishrat Jahan Raza, a 19-year-old girl from Mumbai, was killed along with Pranesh, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, by officers of Ahmedabad crime branch in a ‘fake encounter’. All of them were terrorists associated with LeT and were on a mission to kill Modi, cops said. CBI’s clean chit came after an application was filed in special CBI court by Mukul Sinha, who is fighting for justice for the family of Pranesh, seeking to charge Shah and Kaushik as accused.