Amit Shah is questioned by CBI for 4 hours in Ishrat case

Amit ShahShah, who is BJP's UP incharge, was first arrested in Sohrabuddin encounter case in July 2010. (PTI)

BJP leader and former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah was questioned on Saturday by the CBI in connection with the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

Questioned for four hours in the presence of senior CBI officers,

Shah denied any wrongdoing. The agency said it may call him again for questioning.

Jailed IPS officer D G Vanzara, who is an accused in the case, had written a resignation letter recently in which he claimed that the Gujarat government had been "inspiring, guiding and monitoring" every police action from "very close quarters".

CBI officers asked Shah about the phones calls exchanged between Vanzara and other senior officers of the Gujarat police before and after the Ishrat Jahan encounter.

Shah was quoted as having said that he had "no prior knowledge of the encounter" and was informed about the intelligence alert since it related to the Gujarat chief minister and he was the home minister. He claimed that Vanzara was trying to mislead investigators.

The CBI said it would examine Shah's statement before filing a supplementary chargesheet.

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