CBI planted witnesses to fix Amit Shah

via PNS | New Delhi published on July 28, 2011

A sting operation by a private TV news channel showing that CBI put pressure on witnesses in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case to implicate former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah has raised serious questions about the impartiality of the CBI probe in the case.

The ‘sting’ showed two witnesses admitting to the undercover reporter that they had named Shah. The Minister’s name, they said, was included at the behest of the CBI, which recorded their statements.

While the BJP said the news report has exposed the CBI, the Supreme Court did not allow Shah’s advocate Ram Jethmalani to place the material on record. However, Jethmalani could raise this issue at some points during the proceedings related to CBI plea to cancel Shah’s bail plea.

Pointing fingers at the CBI, the BJP said it would seek legal advice to take appropriate action against the agency’s officials who are a part of the conspiracy to falsely implicate Shah through coercion of witnesses and manipulation of evidences.

The VCD of the sting, which was shown to the media at the BJP headquarters here, claims that the firing at Popular Builders premises was not done by the police at the behest of Shah — as claimed in the CBI chargesheet — but by Sohrabuddin himself after its owners, Patel brothers, reneged on a promise to pay him for a job.

“Some important CBI witnesses have clearly said in this sting operation that CBI has wrongly quoted them while recording statements, which implicates Amit Shah. The agency put words in their mouths. CBI also assured them that if they cooperated with the CBI, they would help them in getting out of the Popular Builder case,” said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Maintaining that the “shocking truth” disclosed by the witnesses reaffirms BJP’s stand that the investigation of the Sohrabuddin case was politically motivated, mala fide, biased for a defined extraneous political purpose.

“Niyammudin (Sohrabuddin’s brother) has specifically stated in the sting operation that the CBI only used them for their purposes to achieve their objective and afterwards discarded them in a ‘use and throw’ manner,” Prasad said.

The Gujarat Government has said the sting operation has proved that the Centre is misusing the CBI to harass the democratically elected Government in the State.

“The sting operation has revealed the truth and exposed the Central Government’s motive of defaming the Gujarat Government,” said Gujarat Government spokesman and Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas.

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