Sohrabuddin encounter: Shah, other accused appear in Mumbai court

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BJP leader and former minister Amit Shah and other accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case Friday appeared before the special CBI court in Mumbai ahead of the trial. Trial of the case has been transferred to Mumbai.

Former deputy inspector general of police D G Vanzara, one of the accused in this case, has filed an application before the court, requesting that he should be transferred to the Sabarmati jail in Ahmedbad from the Mumbai jail for security reasons. The CBI is likely to file the reply next week, as the court adjourned the proceedings to March.

The Supreme Court last September transferred the case to Maharashtra after the CBI said witnesses were being intimidated and a free and fair trial was not possible in Gujarat.

Shah, the minister of state for Home in Narendra Modi Cabinet, resigned after his name came up in the case. He recently won an Assembly election in Gujarat. Currently, he is on bail.

According to CBI, in November 2005, Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were abducted by Gujarat's Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad and killed in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar.

Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness to the encounter, was killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district in December 2006.

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