Gujarat HC Ends Monitoring Probe in Ishrat Case

Gujarat HC Ends Monitoring Probe in Ishrat Case

The Gujarat High Court today ended its monitoring of probe in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.

The division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari observed that as the Central Bureau of Investigation had filed a chargesheet before the special CBI court, the High Court's monitoring ended. It was the High Court which had ordered the probe by the Central agency when the questions were raised about genuineness of the encounter.

As the magistrate's court was conducting the proceedings now, the law would take its own course hereon, the HC said.

CBI lawyer Ejaz Khan told the court that investigation against some officials was still underway, and a supplementary chargesheet may be filed.

Mukul Sinha, lawyer for Gopinath Pillay, Javed Sheikh's father and one of the petitioners, however stated that the CBI chargesheet was an unfinished job, so the High Court should continue the monitoring of probe a little longer.

But the division bench said that as the magistrate's court was already seized of the matter and a chargesheet had been filed, it was for that court to issue directions, if necessary, in future.

The CBI chargesheet, filed on July 3, calls the encounter as fake. It says that it was a joint operation carried out by Gujarat Police and Intelligence Bureau (IB).

It names seven senior Gujarat police officers as accused: suspended IPS officers G L Singhal, N K Amin, D G Vanzara, retired DSP J G Parmar, DySP Tarun Barot, commando Anaju Chaudhary and absconding Additional Director General of Police P P Pandey.

Nineteen-year-old Mumbai-based girl Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were gunned down in an encounter by Gujarat police on June 15, 2004 on the outskirts of the city. The police had then claimed that the four were on a mission to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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