Mumbai, Dec 30: A special CBI court in Mumbai on Tuesday droped charges against BJP National president Amit Shah in connection with the alleged fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati on Tuesday.
The special CBI court had earlier on December 17 reserved its order on the discharge application filed by BJP president Amit Shah in connection with the alleged fake encounter.
In his plea Shah had also told the court that the he was being targeted by his political rivals and as a home minister it was his duty to remain in contact with the police officers.
However the CBI opposed the discharge application of Shah saying that he was involved in the conspiracy of the killings of Sheikh and Prajapati. The agency had also argued in the court saying that it has evidence which shows his involvement in the case.
The CBI has charge-sheeted Shah, a former Minister of State for Home in Gujarat, and 37 others, including several police officers, in the two cases of alleged fake encounters in which gangster Sohrabuddin, who was claimed to have links to Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, and his wife Kauser Bi, were reportedly abducted by Gujarat's Anti- Terrorism Squad and killed near Gandhinagar in November 2005.
Prajapati, an eyewitness to the encounter, was killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district of Gujarat in December 2006.
(With inputs from agencies)