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Feb 16, 2013, 10.34 AM IST | Source: PTI

Shah, other accused in Sohrabuddin case appear in Mumbai court

Shah, other accused in Sohrabuddin case appear in Mumbai court

Mumbai, Feb 15 (PTI) BJP leader and former Gujarat minister Amit Shah and other accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case today appeared before the special CBI court in Mumbai ahead of the trial. Trial of the case has been transferred to Mumbai. Former Deputy Inspector General of Police D G Vanzara, one of the accused, has filed an application before the court, requesting that he should be transferred to the Sabarmati jail in Ahmedbad from the Mumbai jail for security reasons. The CBI is likely to file the reply next week, as the court adjourned the proceedings to March. The Supreme Court last September transferred the case to Maharashtra after CBI said that witnesses were being intimidated and a free and fair trial was not possible in Gujarat. Shah, the minister of state for Home in Narendra Modi cabinet, resigned after his name came up in the case. He recently won an Assembly election in Gujarat. Currently, he is on bail. According to CBI, in November 2005, Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat's Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad and killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar. Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness to the encounter, was killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district in December 2006. The CBI alleges that Shah was the "kingpin" of the conspiracy to kill Sheikh. Most of the other accused are policemen, some of them IPS officers. PTI VI KRK DBR RYS

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