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Mr. Amit Shah’s Future!
by Dr. Rajinder Puri Bookmark and Share

Within the next few days the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is expected to file its supplementary charge-sheet on the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. The prime charge-sheet in this case has been filed earlier. The event occurred in 2004. A short while later in 2005 another alleged fake encounter involving Sohrabuddin Sheikh took place.

Over a score of police officers are in jail as accused in these fake encounter crimes. The most senior among them is DG Vanzara who until his arrest was reputed to be a strong favourite of the Gujarat government and Mr. Narendra Modi personally.

During the period of these fake encounters being probed by the CBI Mr. Narendra Modi as Chief Minister (CM) also held the Home portfolio. Mr. Amit Shah was his Minister of State (MOS) Home. Mr. Shah is already the prime accused in the Sohrabuddin case and is presently on bail and in charge of the BJP Uttar Pradesh poll campaign.

It might be recalled that in 2007 during the Gujarat assembly poll Mr. Modi had been reported by the media to declare in a campaign speech that if the police had to kill Sohrabuddin Sheikh they did not need the permission of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. 
The supplementary charge-sheet on the Ishrat Jahan case was filed after DG Vanzara wrote a controversial letter to the Gujarat government alleging that all the policemen were wrongfully jailed because they had merely carried out the orders of their political masters. After that letter was released the CBI questioned Mr. Amit Shah for his role during the fake encounters.  Mr. Shah denied to the CBI any knowledge of police activities related to the fake encounters. However Vanzara in his controversial and highly publicized letter to the Gujarat government had written that if the police officers deserved arrest for the fake encounters then the CBI should “arrest the policy formulators also as we, being field officers, have simply implemented the conscious policy of this government which was inspiring, guiding and monitoring our actions from very close quarters”.

Original records revealed that Mr. Shah had made 331 telephone calls to Vanzara and other police officers during the period of the fake encounters that are being probed. This high degree of interaction by a minister with police officers on duty has raised many eyebrows. Mr. Shah  reportedly did not deny that he had made the phone calls to the police officers but he described these as part of his routine duties as the MOS Home. He stuck to his version that he had been totally ignorant of the police role in fake encounters.

The Ishrat Jahan case is further complicated by a meeting held in 2011 by senior Gujarat officials who allegedly discussed ways and means to derail and obstruct investigation in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. Among the nine members present in the meeting was not only the defence lawyer of the accused but also the acting Attorney General of the Gujarat government! Also present in the meeting was Mr. Girish Murmu, the Secretary personally attached to Gujarat CM Mr. Narendra Modi. The allegation of the attempted obstruction to the probe has been backed by taped conversation during the meeting on two pen drives delivered to the CBI by one of the members present, Mr. GL Singhal.

The supplementary charge-sheet on the Ishrat Jahan case is being watched closely to see if Mr. Amit Shah is mentioned in it. If he is mentioned in the charge-sheet the court would be expected to question him. In that event the court would have to question and probe further to decide whose version is truthful – that of DG Vanzara or of Mr. Amit Shah.

The result of the court’s decision could affect Mr. Amit Shah’s future. The course of Mr. Amit Shah’s future could affect the poll results of UP in 2014. The results of the UP poll could affect the prime ministerial prospects of Mr. Narendra Modi. That is why the supplementary charge-sheet will be watched carefully.

The BJP accusation that the CBI is being misused by the UPA government to nail the opposition would be widely accepted. But that is how all governments conduct affairs. The UPA government’s motives will be deemed irrelevant by the public which is used to the prevalent political culture. What the public would want to know is regardless of the government’s motivation whether the charges against Mr. Amit Shah are valid or not.   

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Comment This controvery is of no iandmportance. Important is impotent Gotovernment
which cannot control prices of my bread and butter. I live on bread and
butter which present GOVERNMENT has failed to preserve for people
gives no hope even of pulling down sky rocketing prices. We have faith that
change of Government will bring the prices down for their and our future
Narendra Modi if elected can put the matters straight.

pranlal sheth
10/17/2013 00:07 AM

Comment Amit

More than opposition, it is the govt itself that aborted parliamentary proceedings in last few years in unprecedented manner. The govt created situation where opposition had to object/shout/ask questions and rather than responding positively as per established procedures, the parliamentary proceedings were aborted. At times, opposition alleged that the speaker was instructed by congress top leaders to stop for the days !!

Not surprising that the corrupt media did not expose this, rather it went ahead to blame the opposition as per the plan - often.

I am curious why no major article is published so far on covering this so far !

dinesh kumar bohre
10/16/2013 21:47 PM

Comment Extending to the article:

As evident from gestures of congress leaders and upa partners, the Congress leadership has already accepted its defeat in 2014 elections. All their actions are towards salvaging as much as possible - personal interests first and party interests later (forget about national interests !)

Using the above, the congress leadership will be more interested in saving its foreign bank accounts and money in it rather than going offensive. One can guess what directions CBI would get from its political masters if the BJP leadership tried to go for a shipping...

dinesh kumar bohre
10/16/2013 04:43 AM

Comment It's really difficult to maintain hope in this kind of scenario. This should have been a cake-walk election year for the opposition to gain power from the corrupt-to-the-bone UPA government, with all the anti-establishment sentiments prevailing around.

But alas, our opposition (apart from virtually stalling the parliament last few years), when put under scrutiny, gives very feeble reasons for hope. Very depressing scene indeed.

10/16/2013 04:14 AM

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