CHURUMURI POLL: Is Narendra Modi next?

Turning down a request for more time, the central bureau of investigation (CBI) has chargesheeted Gujarat’s minister of state for home, Amit Shah, with a criminal conspiracy to abduct and murder Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake encounter.

Sheikh was picked up in 2007 on charges of planning to assassinate the State’s chief minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi, tortured and bumped off, confirming the collusion of the State; his wife Kausarbi was burnt by police officers by the State’s own admission.

As if in response to the impending arrest of Shah, the BJP cancelled a scheduled lunch with prime minister Manmohan Singh, although it was the Supreme Court of India, not the Congress-led UPA government which put the CBI on the job of finding the killers. Shah is the second serving minister in the honourable Modi ministry to be so arrested, after Maya Kodnani.

Question: is the net closing in on Shah’s boss, the State’s home minister and chief minister Narendra Modi?

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