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Court grants time to CBI on plea to make Shah accused

A local court here on Wednesday granted 25 days time to the CBI to reply on a plea seeking to make former Gujarat minister Amit Shah and ex-DGP K R Kaushik accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

The plea was moved before special CBI Judge Geeta Gopi by Gopinath Pillai,father of Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh who was killed in the fake encounter. On Wednesday, appearing before the court, the CBI advocate sought 30 days time to consider the plea. Opposing this, victim’s advocate Shamshad Pathan told the court, ‘When CBI has all the evidence against those accused persons, why the probe agency needs time.’ ‘This is a crucial time when the elections are being conducted and their free movements can cause harm to the investigation,’ advocate Pathan said further.

Reacting, CBI court told the victim’s lawyer to refrain himself from addressing those persons as accused when prosecution has not yet decided on the plea. Special CBI judge Geeta Gopi also said law and order problem can prevail if hearing on this issue is conducted in this crucial time.
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