MeraNews Network, Mumbai: The chief investigating officer in the alleged extra-judicial killings of Rajasthan gangster Sohrabuddin Shaikh and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati, Sandeep Tamgadge made an explosive statement in a hearing before the special court of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday, where he said that the current president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah, Gujarat IPS officers DG Vanzara, Abhay Chudasama, Rajkumar Pandian and Rajasthan Police’s Dinesh MN were the key conspirators of the fake encounter.

Tamgadge’s predecessor Amitabh Thakur had on Monday told the court that though the CBI didn’t have any specific evidence proving the involvement of Shah, Vanzara, Chudasama, and Pandian, the accused may have benefited monetarily and politically from the killings.

The defense counsel presented to the court several documents pertaining to the case and said that the statements of Amit Shah, who was the Gujarat home minister back then, Rajasthan minister Gulabchand Kataria and marble trader Vimal Patni were missing from the case papers.

The CBI, upon being asked by the court to give an explanation on the same, they said that it is in their possession at the CBI office and will be presented before the court. A Mumbai sessions court had previously discharged Shah, Kataria, Chudasama, Vanzara, Pandian and Dinesh MN of the charges against them.

Sohrabuddin Shaikh was killed in an alleged encounter on November 26, 2005, at Vishala circle highway in Ahmedabad. He was travelling with his wife Kauser Bi and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra when he was kidnapped by the officers of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad. Kauser Bi’s body was never found and Prajapati was killed off in a similar fashion on December 28, 2006.

The Supreme Court had in 2010 handed over the investigation of the case to the CBI. The Nagaland cadre IPS officer Tamgadge had taken over the investigation of the case in 2012. He was the 210th witness in the case.

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