Modi’s ex-aide prime accused
in second fake encounter case

AHMEDABAD — A former Gujarat minister and close confidant of Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been named ‘accused number one’ in a CBI charge-sheet which also describes him as the ‘kingpin’ of the 2006 conspiracy to kill Tulsi Prajapati, a small-time gangster who was sole witness to the 2005 sensational Sohrabuddin fake encounter.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Sat 22 Sep 2012, 12:07 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:41 PM

Besides former home minister Amit Shah, who has been externed from Gujarat in the Sohrabuddin case, the CBI chargesheet running into 4,000 pages has also named 19 others. They include former state police chief P C Pande, IPS officers O P Mathur, D G Vanzara and Geetha Johri and Deputy Superintedent of police R K Patel, all of whom were given the copy of the papers on Thursday.

According to Mukul Sinha, lawyer of Tulsi’s mother and petitioner Narmada Bai, the Gujarat police had spared no effort to derail the investigation in the Tulsi fake encounter case.

Rights advocate Sinha, who is also the convener of Jan Sangharsh Manch, a non-government organisation told Khaleej Times that the fact that the CBI had named top-drawer police officers as accused in the case proved that there was a cover-up attempt at the highest level. He said the powerful marble lobby of Rajasthan had felt threatened by the efforts of the Sohrab-Tulsi gang to enter the marble mining business and the notorious duo was killed at the behest of this marble lobby. “Sohrabuddin had filed a tender to get lease of a marble mine in Rajasthan, which created fear among other powerful miners,” said Sinha.

Shah, who had allegedly given illegal instructions to freeze the investigation in the Sohrabuddin case, was apparently displeased with the fast speed and enthusiasm shown by police inspector V L Solanki of state CID (crime) in his probe.

Shah plans to contest assembly polls due in December even as the CBI is all set to re-arrest him, this time in the Tulsi case.

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