The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned the theory advanced by former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah claiming that call details collected by CBI to nail him in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case has no relevance as they related to another case of kidnapping.
“It appears too much of coincidence. These are some glaring circumstances,” a bench comprising justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai said.
The remarks by the bench were made when Mr. Shah’s counsel Ram Jethmalani was countering that call details produced by CBI as evidence to show alleged complicity of the former minister in case.
CBI has alleged the call details showing conversations between Mr. Shah and DSP N.K. Amin between November 22 to 30, 2005, clearly indicate that the former minister was involved in the conspiracy to eliminate Sohrabuddin.
However, Mr. Shah claimed the conversations between him and Mr. Amin during the relevant period was in connection with the kidnapping of a boy in which he had sought the help of the DSP who at that point of time was heading the cyber cell of the Gujarat Police.
The bench had made the observations after telling in detail as to how the investigation into the Sohrabuddin case progressed since 2006 and during the passage of time transfers of police officers were made who were directly under the control of Shah as the state’s Home Minister.
While the bench was expressing its reservations about Mr. Shah’s theory, Mr. Jethmalani stuck to the stand by maintaining that CBI has wrongly charged Amin with being involved in the conspiracy to kill Sohrabuddin as he was not a member of the joint team that had picked the victim from Hyderabad.