Sohrabuddin Fake Encounter: Modi targeted by CBI, says BJP

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New Delhi, May 15: BJP President Rajnath Singh and senior leader Arun Jaitley and Vasundhara Raje attacked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday, May 15. The BJP top brass claimed that the investigative agency has been trying to target Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after filing chargesheets against his close aides - Amit Shah and Gulab Chand Kataria.

Kataria, the Rajasthan leader of Opposition, has been booked by CBI for murder in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. However, Kataria rejected all allegations against him and other senior party leaders also defended Kataria.

Jaitley, during the press conference at BJP headquarter in New Delhi, claimed that CBI has been working as Congress agent and hence fetching a political conspiracy against BJP.

Defending Kataria, former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje earlier had claimed, "Allegations against Kataria are baseless. The party stands behind Kataria and will contest the matter both in courts and politically."

Accusing Kataria of playing a direct role in hatching conspiracy to eliminate Sohrabuddin in Gujarat, CBI in its supplementary chargesheet charged the BJP leader for murder, destruction of evidence, abduction, criminal conspiracy among other serious IPC sections.

Congress Spokesperson Archana Sharma had said, "As a home minister, Gulab Chand Kataria had tried to save an IPS officer in the fake encounter case. CBI's supplementary chargesheet has proved that Gulab Chand Kataria was involved."

The CBI in its earlier chargesheets accused Shah of conspiring the fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati.

Gujarat's Anti-Terrorism Squad allegedly kidnapped Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi from Hyderabad and killed them in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in Nov 2005.

Sohrabuddin allegedly had connection with terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and allegedly had hatched conspiracy to kill Narendra Modi. Tulsiram Prajapati reportedly was a key witness to the encounter and was allegedly killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district in Dec 2006.

Shah, who was the then Gujarat Home Minister, stepped down after his name surfaced in the allegedly staged encounter killings. The CBI arrested Shah on July 25, 2010 in connection with Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. He is currently out on bail in the case.

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