BJP Chief Amit Shah has been acquitted of three murder charges in the Sohrabuddin killing trial that had undermined the Government's promise to usher in a new era of clean politics. Amit Shah, the ex- Home Minister in the then Gujarat Government was cleared of ordering the extrajudicial killings of the gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife and his friend. Shah was acquitted due to lack of evidence and the judge is to give a more detailed explanation after a recess.
Shah was made the Bharatiya Janata Party chief in July as he awaited his trial, two months after helping Modi deliver India's biggest election victory since 1984. Shah is known to be an efficient administrator, whose sharp political mind and oragnizing skills have helped him win nearly every election he has overseen in the last three decades.
Rubabuddin Sheikh, the brother of one of the victims, would challenge the ruling as he believes that Amit Shah has wrongly been protected. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had accused Shah of running an extortion racket with police officers and Sheikh while holding a top position in Gujarat. Later, Shah and Sheikh fell out and the police snatched Sheikh from a bus with his wife in 2005. Sheikh was later killed in a staged gun battle and his wife's cremated body was found in a policeman's village. Phone records show that Shah had made multiple calls to the accused officers during the operation and was pivotal to the conspiracy. A year later, a friend of the couple, who had witnessed the abduction, was killed in a police shootout.
The Gujarat government later admitted that all three murders were staged, according to documents with the court. The police officers involved remain on trial for the killings.