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New fake encounter charge on ex-minister

Amit Shah, who was on Thursday allowed to enter Gujarat after a gap of two years, arrives at his Ahmedabad residence on Friday. (PTI)

Ahmedabad, Sept. 29 (PTI): The CBI today filed a chargesheet in a special court here in the 2006 Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case in which Amit Shah, former minister of state for home and Narendra Modi’s aide, has been named along with 19 others.

Additional chief judicial magistrate A.Y. Dave, while accepting the chargesheet, has kept the issue of taking cognisance pending till the court verifies the document. The next hearing is on October 10.

On August 4, the CBI had filed the chargesheet in Danta court naming Shah among the 20 accused for the offences of murder, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.

Gujarat high court, in its September 25 order on petitions filed by some accused objecting to the filing of the chargesheet in Danta, Palanpur, had held that the special CBI court in Ahmedabad was the competent court where the chargesheet had to be filed.

Shah, who is also the prime accused in Sohrabuddin fake encounter and murder of his wife Kauser Bi, has been named accused No. 1 and the kingpin of the conspiracy in the fake encounter case of Prajapati, who was killed near Chhapri village in Danta, Palanpur on December 28, 2006.