Amit Shah Received Rs 70 Lakh, Political Benefits from Sohrabuddin Fake Encounter: Former CBI Officer
Amitabh Thakur, the CIO in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, also said that SG Vanzara also received Rs 60 lakhs as monetary benefit.
Amitabh Thakur, the chief investigating officer (CIO) in the alleged Sohrabuddin fake encounter case said on Monday, November 19, that Amit Shah, then Gujarat home minister received political and monetary benefits from the case. Thakur, who was the superintendent of police, testified before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court.
The Hindu reported that Thakur said Shah received Rs 70 lakhs from the Patel brothers, the owners of the Ahmedabad-based company, Popular Builders. Reportedly, the Patels were warned that failure to pay the sum would lead to grim consequences for them.
Thakur also said that DG Vanzara, the former Deputy Inspector General of the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) also received monetary benefits from the case. According to Thakur, Vanzara reportedly received Rs 60 lakhs from the Patel brothers.
Apart from Vanzara, Thakur also named several other police officials who he said received political benefits from the case — MN Dinesh, the former SP (Udaipur), Rajkumar Pandiyan, the former SP (Ahmedabad), and Abhay Chudasama, the former Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ahmedabad). Thakur, however, added that none of the 20 police officers who were on trial in the case had received any “political or monetary benefit from the encounter” and that they had been working on their superior officials’ orders without any political motive for the killing of the gangster.