CBI grills Javadekar, Yadav on Prajapati case sting

The CBI Friday questioned Prakash Javadekar and Bhupendra Yadav about a video tape which purportedly shows them discussing ways to weaken a staged encounter killing case against Narendra Modi's confidante Amit Shah.

The video was recorded by an independent journalist as part of a sting and is said to show the two Rajya Sabha MPs and BJP general secretary Ramlal discussing how to convince Narmadabai, the mother of Tulsiram Prajapati, to change her statement.

Narmadabai has moved court to seek justice for her son, who, she claims, was murdered at Shah's behest. Prajapati, reportedly a witness to the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, was shot dead by the Gujarat police in December 2006. The journalist has claimed the BJP leaders have managed got Narmadabai's name on blank Vakalatnamas to subvert the judicial process.

The three leaders have refuted the allegation, and the BJP has claimed that there is nothing "incriminating" against them in the tape.

"I believe in the legal processes. The CBI called me today so I have appeared here," Javadekar said. The agency has also summoned Ramlal.

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