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Jethmalani, Tulsi Spat During Amit Shah Bail Hearing

 Ahmedabad, Sep 22:  Senior Counsel Ram Jethmalani, representing former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and CBI counsel K T S Tulsi had a spat during the hearing on Shah's bail plea.
PTI September 22, 2010 17:33 IST
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 Ahmedabad, Sep 22:  Senior Counsel Ram Jethmalani, representing former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and CBI counsel K T S Tulsi had a spat during the hearing on Shah's bail plea.

Jethmalani during his argument in the bail plea of Shah before special CBI judge G K Upadhyay was describing how CBI in the chargesheet concealed the facts about Sohrabuddin that he was a wanted criminal with terrorist links and not a mere extortionist.

Meanwhile, CBI counsel Tulsi stood up at the point and asked, "Will you confess to killing him (Sohrabuddin)?"

 "Why don't you shut up and please sit down", Jethmalani said reacting to his comments.

Jethmalani continued with his arguments and said Sohrabuddin was done to death in national interest. "Terrorist of this kind are more dangerous than the armed ones from across the borders," Jethmalani said.

He contended that Sohrabuddin, according to Central Intelligence, was an ISI agent and used to fund terror activities.

"We regard this (killing of Sohrabuddin) as murder because we are a civilised country," Jethmalani said, adding that Sohrabuddin has 25 cases registered against him but not a single one out of them pertained to extortion.

 Jethmalani said that in one of the cases Sohrabuddin was convicted where he was co-accused with under world don Dawood Ibrahim and appeal in the case was pending.

  Jethmalani also demanded that CBI director should file an affidavit in the court whether he had received the alleged letter which the investigating officer in the fake encounter case had written to him in April.

 During last hearing, the senior lawyer had produced a letter in the court which he alleged was a copy of an internal communication between the investigating officer and the CBI director, where the former had asked for permission to arrest Shah and other police officers.

 The senior counsel contended that there was ample ground to grant bail to Shah as CBI, was acting dishonestly by suppressing facts about Sohrabuddin who was a wanted criminal. PTI