Shah to appear before court through video-conferencing

Friday, August 20, 2010

AHMEDABAD - A designated CBI court Friday granted the plea of former Gujarat minister Amit Shah, a prime accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout case, to appear before it through video-conferencing.

The court also extended his judicial custody till Sep 3, when the video-conferencing would take place.

Shah had applied through jail seeking the court’s permission to appear before it through video-conferencing due to security concerns.

The court however initially rejected his plea in “the interest of justice”, but extended his judicial custody.

Later it was brought to the court’s notice that the

video-conferencing facility was available at the court premises and he was granted permission to appear through this.

Shah was sent to judicial custody till Aug 21 and had to appear before the court on that date. But mentioning “security reasons” in his plea, Shah sought to appear from jail.

Judge A.Y. Dave accepted the submissions and allowed him to appear through video-conferencing on Sep 3.

Shah was arrested by the CBI on July 25 in connection with infamous Sohrabuddin staged shootout case and faces charges of murder, distorting evidence and extortion, among others.

Sohrabuddin Sheikh was killed Nov 26, 2005, by Gujarat Police near Ahmedabad in a staged shootout.

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