CBI prepares to put Shah in jail

September 09 2013

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s close associate and BJP general secretary Amit Shah could soon be in trouble, just before the Assembly elections in five states in November. Highly placed sources told E Newspaper of India that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is all set to tighten the noose around Shah in the Sohrabuddin-Kausar Bi-Tulsiram Prajapati cases by demanding that the Supreme Court cancel his bail in the three cases.

Shah is out on bail in the Sohrabuddin encounter case and the murder of the gangster’s wife, Kausar Bi. When the Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case surfaced, Shah was already out on bail.

His counsels felt that he could be sent to jail for the same and hence they pleaded in the Supreme Court that the three cases be clubbed together as they were connected to each other.

This was done to avoid applying for a fresh bail in the Tulsiram Prajapati case. However, with the clubbing of the three cases, the highest sentence that the cases could attract is the death penalty. In such a scenario, the CBI can take this very plea for demanding that Shah’s bail be rejected.

Sources said that the CBI plans to put a fresh plea in the Supreme Court against Shah’s bail by the end of September. Coincidentally, the campaign for the Assembly polls would have started by then.

On its part, the Congress wants to target Modi’s close associates, rather than targeting the BJP’s prime ministerial aspirant himself. Targeting Shah is part of that strategy.

The Congress does not want to hit out at Modi directly as it is felt that Modi might use that to garner sympathy for himself. For instance, the “Maut Ka Saudagar (merchant of death)” remark against Modi in the 2007 Gujarat elections had only consolidated support for the Chief Minister.

The party does not want to repeat that mistake. Hence, the Congress is strategising to weaken Modi by attacking his associates. In a best case scenario, the Congress would like Shah to be rendered ineffective during the assembly and Lok Sabha election campaigns by ensuring that he is put in jail in the numerous cases
against him.

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