Ahmedabad, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

A special CBI court here today imposed a fine on the advocate of applicant, who had demanded that BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's close aide and former Gujarat minister Amit Shah be made an accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case of 2004.

Special CBI court Judge Geeta Gopi adjourned the hearing on a plea which sought inclusion of Mr Shah, a former Minister of State for Home, as an accused in the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

The Judge posted the matter for further hearing on May 12 as the lawyer of applicant Gopinath Pillai, father of one of the deceased Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh, was not present.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 500 on advocate Shamshad Pathan.

The CBI had on May 7 filed a reply before the court and gave a 'clean chit' to Mr Shah saying that there were no 'sufficient evidences' against Mr Shah, who is also the BJP general secretary and in-charge of party's Uttar Pradesh affairs.

Mr Pillai had also demanded then Ahmedabad Police Commissioner K R Kaushik be made an accused in the case. Ishrat and three others were killed on June 15, 2004.

Later, the Gujarat Police claimed that all four were Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives on a mission to kill Mr Modi.

In its charge sheets, the CBI had termed the encounter as a joint operation between the Intelligence Bureau and the Gujarat Police.

In the first charge sheet in June 2013, the CBI had named eight police officials.

In its supplementary charge sheet, filed in February this year,the probe agency had named four senior Intelligence Bureau officers including the then Special Director of IB in Gujarat Rajendra Kumar.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)