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Police officer offers to turn approver

Amit Shah arrives to appear before the CBI at Gandhinagar on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Ajit Solanki

In a day of fast-paced legal developments, the former Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Amit Shah, moved a bail application, while the CBI secured permission to interrogate him in the jail before his bail application is heard on August 2.

In a major setback to the accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh-Kausar Bi murder case, including Mr. Shah, suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police Narendra Amin offered to turn an approver.

Mr. Amin, in jail along with 15 other police officers and Mr. Shah, on Monday filed an application in the Special CBI Court for permission to turn approver. The hearing on the application will be taken up on Tuesday. Mr. Shah was arrested on Sunday and sent to 14-day judicial custody.

CBI to interrogate Shah

The CBI has been permitted to interrogate Mr. Shah between July 28 and 30 during daytime and videograph the entire proceeding.

In another development, two of Mr. Shah's close associates and officials in the Ahmedabad District Co- operative Bank, Ajay Patel, chairman, and a director, Yashpal Chudasma, who were allegedly involved in Mr. Shah's “extortion racket” were declared “absconders” and non-bailable arrest warrants issued against them by the CBI court.

The application for questioning Mr. Shah in jail was moved by the CBI immediately after questioning the former ADGP, G. C. Raigar, who was earlier heading the CID (Crime), which initially investigated the Sohrabuddin fake encounter. Both Mr. Raigar and his successor in the CID (Crime), O. P. Mathur, were summoned by the CBI for the second time on Monday and the retired ADGP promptly responded to the summoning.

Mr. Raigar was questioned for over five hours and soon afterwards, the CBI moved the application in the court for permission to interrogate Mr. Shah.




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