No political pressure to nail Shah: CBI
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief has said that there was no political pressure on it in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case probe in which BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's top aide Amit Shah was given a clean chit.
The CBI has filed a supplementary chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case but it has not named former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, clearing him of any role to play in the case.
"We have not pleased anybody. We have conducted the probe absolutely independently. There was no pressure at all," CBI chief Ranjit Sinha told CNN IBN channel on Saturday, adding that there was no prosecutable evidence against Shah.
"We have done a fair investigation," he said denying a report in a newspaper in which he was quoted saying that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre would have been happy if Amit Shah was implicated.
The CBI chargesheet has charged former Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Rajinder Kumar and some other officers of the department in the case.
Kumar, who recently retired, and three serving IB officers- P Mittal, MK Sinha and Rajiv Wankhede- were charged with abduction, conspiracy to murder, and illegal confinement.
The CBI earlier interrogated Amit Shah in connection with the case.
Nineteen-year-old Ishrat was gunned down by the Gujarat Police along with Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani in Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.
The police alleged that Ishrat and three others were Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who conspired to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
(Posted on 08-02-2014)