Mumbai: In major relief to BJP chief Amit Shah, a special CBI court on Tuesday discharged him in the 2005 Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
"I am of the opinion that the inference drawn by CBI is not accepted in totality and he (Shah) cannot be charged as an accused," Special CBI Judge M B Gosavi said in a brief order pronounced in the court.
Details of the judgement will be available later.
Reacting to the judgement, Sohrabuddin's brother R Sheikh said, "CBI has been used, Amit Shah has been saved with pressure from high up." He added that the family will approach the High court to appeal against the verdict.
The CBI had charged Shah, the then Minister of State for Home in Gujarat, as an accused in the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati, who was said to have been an eyewitness to the encounter.
The CBI had cited some telephone calls between Shah and two other accused in its case against Shah.
(With inputs from PTI)