Encounter: Good News for Narendra Modi, aide Amit Shah gets clean chit

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New Delhi, May 7: In a latest development in the infamous Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah finally got clean chit from the investigating agency -- Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

According to TV reports, CBI made this submission in its report submitted to the special CBI court in which stated there was no evidence found against the Modi aide.

The latest development in the Ishrat Jahan case might work as a boost to Narendra Modi who is believed to become the next prime minister of the country.

The encounter took place in 2004 when Shah was the Home Minister of Gujarat. He was quizzed by the investigative agency several times as he was one of the main accused in the case. CBI also arrested IPS officer DG Vanzara who claimed that the Gujarat state govt was influencing the police.

Ishrat Jahan, who hailed from Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were killed by the Gujarat police in an encounter on June 15, 2004 on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

Police had then claimed the four were terrorists on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. However, according to the CBI's chargesheet, the encounter, a joint operation by Gujarat Police and Intelligence Bureau, was stage-managed.

Seven Gujarat policemen have been named as accused and charged with murder and criminal conspiracy, among others.

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