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Congress tried to frame Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin case: Smriti Irani

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 01, 2019 Published on January 01, 2019

Union Minister Smriti Irani

The BJP on Tuesday described the Sohrabuddin Shaikh case as an example of the extent to which the Congress can go to “destroy” its political opponents, and alleged it had used the CBI as part of a “conspiracy” to target Amit Shah when it was in power.

BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani hit out at Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, alleging that Shah, who was then a minister in the Gujarat government led by Narendra Modi, was harassed by the CBI at the behest of the Congress leadership.

She alleged that evidence was “manufactured” in an attempt to “destroy” Shah politically.

She also accused Congress chief Rahul Gandhi of supporting a terrorist, a reference to his tweet on the verdict in Sohrabuddin Shaikh case that “nobody killed” him and he “just died”.

‘Political conspiracy’

“On the orders of the Congress leadership, the CBI tried to frame Amit Shah as part of a political conspiracy.

“The court has admitted that these cases were imposed on Shah for political reasons. Not only in the Mumbai High Court but also in the Supreme Court, the Congress’ conspiracy was defeated, ” Irani told reporters.

All 22 accused in the alleged 2005-2006 fake encounter killings of gangster Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his aide Tulsi Prajapati were acquitted on December 21 by a special CBI court in Mumbai because of insufficient evidence.

BJP President Amit Shah, who was the Minister of State for Home in Gujarat at that time, was also arrested briefly in 2010, before being discharged in December 2014.

Published on January 01, 2019
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