New Delhi, Sep 27: The Supreme Court Thursday moved the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh shootout case to Mumbai and also lifted its order restraining former Gujarat minister for state of home Amit Shah, an accused in the case, from entering the state.
The apex court bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai transferred the trial in the case to Mumbai. Sohrabuddin was killed by Gujarat Police Nov 25, 2005, in a staged shootout. Two days later, his wife Kausar Bi was killed. His aide Tulsiram Prajapati was murdered Dec 28, 2006.
Shah was in the Gujarat cabinet at the time.
Pronouncing the brief order, Justice Alam said the CBI plea against bail to Shah by the Gujarat High Court was dismissed. However, the plea for the transfer of the trial outside the state was allowed.
The apex court had by declining the CBI plea to stay the high court order of granting bail to Shah, in December 2010, directed him to keep off the territorial limits of Gujarat till it decides the plea against the bail.
The court had earlier in the course of the hearing offered senior counsel Ram Jethmalani the choice between his client Shah coming back to Gujarat and the trial being transferred outside the state or he staying away and the trial continuing in the state.
In the course of the next hearing, the CBI had alleged that Shah was the head of the extortion syndicate in Gujarat. The investigating agency had said the killings of Sohrabuddi, his wife Kausar Bi and that of Prajapati were a part of the same conspiracy.