New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has denied any role of Former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case. In a report filed before a special court in Ahmedabad today, CBI said that it had no evidence against Mr Shah.
“In response to an application filed under 319 of the CRPC in gujarat court by Gopinath Pillai around two months back, CBI has responded saying that evidences collected in the case is in front of the court. Now it is for the honourable court to decide,” a CBI spokesperson said today.
Amit Shah is considered a close aide to Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s Prime Minister Candidate Narendra Modi. Shah is presently managing Party’s Election campaign in Uttar Pradesh.
“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,” BJP’s Nirmala Sitharaman said.
But union minister Shashi Tharoor pointed out, “His isn’t an exoneration by any court. It is the CBI’s professional judgement. The CBI is an independent agency.”
In February 2014, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, in an interview to Economic Times had said: “Though there were some doubts about Amit Shah’s role in Ishrat case, we found no prosecutable evidence.”