A Mumbai based lawyers’ association on Friday moved to Bombay High Court to file a plea against the CBI’s decision to not challenge a lower court order discharging BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case.
According to news agency PTI, the lawyers’ association termed CBI’s decision to not challenge the December 30, 2014, order passed by a court here discharging Shah as ‘illegal, arbitrary and malafide’. The plea also requested Bombay High Court to direct CBI to file a revision application challenging the sessions court’s order discharging Shah.
The petitioner’s lawyer Ahmad Abidi said the plea would be mentioned before a division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharti Dangre on January 22.
In a related development, another judge of the high court today issued notices to the CBI and the accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh case on two petitions filed by journalists against the trial court’s ban on the reporting the proceedings.
Justice Revati Mohite-Dere will hear the petitions on January 23.
The CBI today told the high court that its stand on the issue was “neutral”.
Gangster Sohrabuddin Shaikh, who the Gujarat police claimed was also a terrorist, was killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat and Rajasthan police in 2005. His wife Kausar Bi disappeared and was alleged to have been eliminated by police. Shaikh’s associate Tulsi Prajapati was also later killed in an alleged fake encounter.