Not enough evidence against Amit Shah, court told

New Delhi: The CBI told a special court Wednesday that sufficient evidence has not been found against BJP leader Amit Shah in the killing of Ishrat Jahan in a fake gun battle case.

An application was filed earlier by Gopinath Pillai, the father of one of the three men killed along with Ishrat Jahan in a fake gun battle in Gujarat June 15, 2004.

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“In a response to an application filed by Pillai about two months ago, the CBI said that evidence collected for the case is in the court. Amit Shah’s name has not been mentioned in the charge sheet. Now it is up to the court to decide,” said a Central Bureau of Investigation official.

The agency has not given name of any political leader in the charge sheet filed in June 2013 followed by a supplementary charge sheet in February 2014. But it has charged police and intelligence bureau officers for murder of the four and criminal conspiracy, among other crimes.

The CBI has charged 11 policemen, including four officers of the central Intelligence Bureau, for killing the four people in the case.

Shah, a close aide of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the party’s election-in-charge in Uttar Pradesh, is facing murder and conspiracy charges in two other fake gun battle and killing cases related to Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati.