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CBI court summons Amit Shah in Tulsiram Prajapati case

Trouble seems to brewing for Amit Shah, the close aide of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as a special CBI court on Friday issued summons to Shah and other accused in the Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case.

The summons were issued to the accused by Special judge JT Utpat on the first day of hearing. The judged said that all accused must remain present in the court on May 23. The case transferred from Gujarat to Mumbai court after a SC order.

The chargesheet in the case was filed by the CBI last September against Shah, the former home minister of Gujarat, and 18 others, including several police officers.

The CBI alleged that gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat's Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad they were later killed in cold-blood in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005.

Tulsiram Prajapati, who was a key eye-witness to the encounter, was also killed in an encounter at Chapri village in Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 2006.

CBI claims that Shah, who was then Minister of State, was involved in the conspiracy which led to Tulsiram's encounter.