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Ishrat Jahan case: No evidence against Amit Shah, says CBI

In a major relief for senior BJP leader Amit Shah, who is close aide of party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the CBI today told a CBI court that it did not have sufficient evidence against Shah in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

The CBI made the statement while replying to a plea filed by Gopinath Pillai, the father of one of the victims in the case, who had urged the court to name Shah and former DGP KR Kaushik as accused in the case.

CBI today replied saying that Kaushik cannot be made an accused as he was a witness in the case.

It is to be noted that Shah is currently out on bail in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter but the Supreme Court has banned him from entering Gujarat.

Commenting g on the CBI statement, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman said, "We knew this was going to come. The Congress was using the CBI to hit at Modi. We want the CBI and the Congress to tell why all this happened all these years. It shows that the CBI worked under Congress pressure."