File affidavit for opposing CBI probe in Ishrat case: Guj HC

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 21:30

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court today
asked the state government to file an affidavit giving reasons
for its opposition to CBI probe in Ishrat Jahan encounter case
of 2004, instead of making oral submissions.

A division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and
Abhilasha Kumari asked advocate general Kamal Trivedi,
appearing for the state, to explain why despite instruction
from the court before commencement of the hearing, the state
government did not file any affidavit.

If state is opposed to transfer of Ishrat encounter
case to CBI it has to demonstrate it with reasons for its
opposition, the court told Trivedi.

The court would also like to know what material the
state was relying upon to take such a stand, it said, adding
that the state needs to file its reply in writing.

The Apex court has laid down certain parameters for
transferring a case to CBI, and the petitioners have contended
that the case falls within those parameters, the court said,
adding the state has not indicated its stand despite earlier
order.

Trivedi told the court that he would file an
affidavit tomorrow.

Ishrat was gunned down by Gujarat police along with
Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali
alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani in
Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 21:30

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