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Apr 08, 2013 at 12:40pm IST

Sohrabuddin-Tulsiram encounters will have single trial: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that the trial in Prajapati murder case will be conducted together with Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, granting some relief to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's aide Amit Shah.

The apex court said that the Central Bureau of Investigation's chargesheet in Tulsiram Prajapati case should be treated as a supplementary chargesheet in the Sohrabuddin case. "Killings of Prajapati and Soharabuddin were part of same conspiracy and there can't be a separate trial," read the SC's verdict.

Shah had challenged a separate CBI chargesheet against him in the Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter and had also opposed to separate trial against him in the case along with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

The newly appointed BJP General Secretary claimed that the CBI is acting with a 'malafide design' to seek his police custody again.

The CBI had arrested Shah in July 2010 in the Sohrabuddin alleged fake encounter case after which he had to spend three months in jail. He is currently out on bail.

The Supreme Court had in 2012 stayed the proceedings against Shah in the encounter case. Modi had claimed that Shah was falsely implicated in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.