In a major relief for Amit Shah, a close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a court today relaxed his bail condition which means that the former Gujarat minister will not have to appear before the CBI alternate Saturdays anymore.
It is to be noted that Shah had been chargesheeted by the CBI in the Sohrabuddin encounter case. Shah has been recently appointed the BJP general secretary made the incharge of the Uttar Pradesh.
It is to be noted that Shah was the state Home Minister at the time of encounter and he was arrested in connection with this case. He was granted bail by the Supreme Court in October 2010 but the court ordered him not to enter Gujarat and appear before the CBI once every two weeks.
The trial in the case was transferred to Mumbai in September 2012. The CBI requested the court to cancel Shah?s bail, arguing that he could influence the witnesses and other officials, but the court refused to entertain the CBI's plea. The court also allowed Shah to enter Gujarat. The decision came just few weeks ahead of the assembly election in Gujarat, allowing Shah to campaign for his party.
Senior advocate MN Krishnamani, who is representing Shah, told a bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjana Desai that the court had imposed bail conditions three years ago and Shah had followed the conditions diligently. He added that since the court had transferred the case to Mumbai it seems illogical that Shah should mark his attendance before the CBI every alternate week.
It is to be noted that BJP has always alleged that the case against Shah has been politically motivated and he has nothing to do with the encounter. On his part, Shah too claims that he is innocent and he has been made a victim of a large political conspiracy hatched by the Congress against BJP leaders. Congress leaders maintain that the party has nothing to do with case and the charges leveled by the BJP are baseless.