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Staged shootout accused Amit Shah to contest polls

Posted on Nov 28, 09:44PM | IANS

Amit Shah, former Gujarat minister of state for home and an accused in the Soharabuddin Sheikh and Tulsi Prajapati staged shootout cases, will contest in the upcoming state assembly elections.

Shah will contest from Naranpura in Ahmedabad. His name features in the second list of candidates released by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the capital Wednesday.

Shah won the last time from the Sarkhej assembly constituency, with a margin of over 2.50 lakh votes.

After delimitation, Sarkhej has been divided into three constituencies -- Vejalpur, Ghatlodia and Naranpura.

Shah is a close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

In September, Shah returned to Gujarat after a gap of two years, following the Supreme Court ruling allowing him to enter the state. The apex court rejected the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea to cancel Amit Shah's bail granted in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

Since his return to Ahmedabad, Shah was keeping a low profile. He has stayed away from public functions, and has not interacted with the media.

The CBI has, in its charge sheet, named Shah the prime accused in the Tulsi Prajapati staged shootout case.

Acting on a petition filed by Shah, the Supreme Court had stayed all the proceedings in the Prajapati case.

The two-phase Gujarat assembly elections will be held Dec 13 and 17.

Counting of votes will take place Dec 20.