Naming either Narendra Modi or Amit Shah in the Ishrat Jahan chargesheet would have given their opponents a lot of ammunition to fire against them. Three days prior to the chargesheet being filed it was clear from CBI sources that Modi or Shah would not be named in the charge sheet.
It may be recalled here that the CBI had said that it had the testimony of some police officials in which it was stated that D G Vanzara had spoken with white beard (Modi) and black beard (Shah) before the encounter. However the CBI was unable to get the requisite evidence to nail the two senior most leaders of the Gujarat state.
The entire episode regarding Modi and Shah began with the testimony of an officer by the name D H Gowswami. He claimed before the CBI that he was aware of the planning of the operation and was even privy to many conversations between the officers. It was at one such meeting in which D G Vanzara was present that the name of Modi and Shah cropped up. At first according to Gowswami, Rajinder Kumar told Vanzara to seek an approval from the CM and Home Minister. In a later meeting when another officer Singhal objected, Vanzara is said to have got angry and said that he has the approval of the CM and HM.