No pressure to name Shah in Ishrat chargesheet: CBI

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Friday said there was no pressure on him to implicate former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case and the agency has filed the charge sheet on the basis of evidence which could withstand legal scrutiny. ‘There are always perceptions. We also hear. We have to go by the evidence that we have. After all I cannot invent evidence. We have to find evidence and assess whether it is fit to file the charge sheet,’ Sinha said at a function. Sinha said the issue was also raised whether they were terrorists or not.

‘The fact was they were human beings and they were killed in this country. We have to take action as per the Indian Penal Code. There is no exception for somebody who is labelled as a terrorist,’ he said.

‘There was no pressure on me to implicate somebody in the case,’ he replied to a question whether he was under pressure to name Shah as accused in the case. On the sobriquet of ‘caged parrot’ earned by CBI, Sinha, in a light hearted comment said, ‘We have been called vultures during Ishrat Jahan case, we have been called caged parrot and also unbridled horse. I think we have lost our identity to the animal kingdom.’
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