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CBI clean-chit to Amit Shah

CBI clean-chit to Amit Shah
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CBI Clean-Chit to Amit Shah, In a shot-in-the-arm for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the CBI has given a clean-chit to Modi’s closest aide Amit Shah in the Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case.

CBI Clean-Chit to Amit ShahNew Delhi: In a shot-in-the-arm for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the CBI has given a clean-chit to Modi’s closest aide Amit Shah in the Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case. Significantly, in June, 2013, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Asif Ibrahim had told the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde that the IB had enough evidence to prove that Ishrat Jehan was part of LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) module, which planned to kill Narendra Modi and L K Advani. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said, “We knew this was coming. There was absolutely no evidence to associate Amit Shah with Ishrat Jahan case. We knew that the CBI was being continuously misused by the Congress-led UPA Government.”

The Gujarat police had alleged that Ishrat Jehan and her associates were LeT operatives involved in a plot to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Later, an investigation was launched into the allegations that Ishrat Jehan was killed in a fake encounter. The Ishrat Jahan encounter case took place on June 15, 2004, and involved encounter killings of Ishrat Jahan Raza, a 19-year-old girl from Mumbai, and three men: Pranesh Pillai (alias Javed Gulam Sheikh), Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, who were alleged links to terrorists, by the officers of the Ahmedabad Police Crime Branch. The encounter was carried out allegedly by a team led by Deputy Inspector-General of Police D G Vanjara, who was later jailed for his alleged involvement in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

On Wednesday, the CBI submitted its report to CBI Special Court in Ahmedabad, where the premier investigating agency said that there was no clinching or conclusive evidence to accuse Amit Shah of being involved or even to show that he ordered the encounter killing of Ishrat Jehan in 2004. Eventually it turned out to be a fake one.

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