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    Amit Shah behind Prajapati murder: CBI

    New Delhi: Former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah conspired with policemen to kill Tulsiram Prajapati, a witness to the Sohrabuddin fake encounter, CBI told the Supreme court on Wednesday.

    Shah is also a close aide to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

    The CBI has claimed that Shah had conspired with a section of Gujarat police officials to eliminate Prajapati in 2006.

    The CBI told the Supreme Court this was because he was witness in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and just prior to Prajapati's encounter death there were many phone calls between Shah and IPS official Rajkumar Pandian.

    CBI has petitioned the Supreme court to merge both the Sohrabuddin and Prajapati encounter killngs and hand over the investigation to them.

    Narmada Bai, the mother of the deceased, had sought transfer of the case to CBI on the ground that he was a key witness in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing case which was transferred to the agency by the apex court on January 12, 2010.

    CBI's senior counsel KTS Tulsi also supported the plea for transfer of the case to the agency on the ground that Tulsiram Prajapati's killing was an "integral part" of the Sohrabuddin killing.

    While Sohrabuddin and Kasuer Bi were killed in a fake encounter by the Gujarat police in November 2005, Tulsiram Prajapati, it was alleged, was shot dead by the police in a similar encounter on December 27, 2006 to destroy all evidence.

    With PTI Inputs