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Updated: August 2, 2010 13:11 IST

CBI seeks 5-day custody of Amit Shah

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Former Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah during a public function in Ahmedabad. File photo
PTI Former Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah during a public function in Ahmedabad. File photo

The CBI on Monday moved a court seeking five days custody of former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah in the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer K. T. S. Tulsi, representing the investigating agency in the special CBI court of Judicial Magistrate A. Y. Dave, demanded five days remand of Shah giving reasons for it in a sealed cover.

“We did not seek remand earlier because it was expected that Shah would recognise his obligation to assist CBI in the case. But it has not happened,” Mr. Tulsi said.

The agency’s step to seek custody of Shah comes after his three day interrogation by the agency in the Sabarmati jail where he reportedly did not cooperate with the investigations.

Shah is represented by another senior Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani. The hearing in the case is on at present in the court.

Shah, a former Minister of State for Home and close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, was arrested by CBI in connection with the fake encounter case and charged with murder, extortion and kidnapping.

The CBI had on July 30 submitted a status report in the Supreme Court after a six-month investigation.

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