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Sohrabuddin case: Guj cops worked for Amit Shah after arrest, says CBI

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November 25, 2010 22:15 IST
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The Gujarat police continued to help Chief Minister Narender Modi's close aide Amit Shah even after his arrest for his alleged role in the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh in the fake encounter, Central Bureau of Investigation said in a report submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The CBI in its 37-page report has also sought shifting of the ongoing trial in the case to Mumbai expressing fears that a fair trial would not be possible as the accused persons are very influential, sources said. They said the agency in its final report has claimed that Shah had got Sheikh eliminated with the twin motive of securing "political prominence" and "monetary gains".

Sources said the agency in its report filed in a sealed cover has stated that Sheikh was eliminated as he had started extorting money from politically connected marble traders, who initially approached politicians in Rajasthan.

On inputs from the Rajasthan police, their counterparts in Gujarat registered a case against the gangster, while Shah, who was the minister of state for home, put encounter specialist D G Vanzara of anti-terrorist squad and his team on Sheikh's trail.

The CBI had arrested Shah on July 25 and he was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court on October 29. The apex court has ordered him to stay out of the state.
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