IPS Verma seeks review of order in 1993 RDX landing case
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 00:15
Ahmedabad: IPS officer Satish Verma on Wednesday filed an application in the Gujarat High Court seeking a review of the court's order asking the government to act upon the inquiry report with regard to his role in the 1993 RDX and arms landing case in Porbander district.

In the application, Verma has contended that because his investigation into the 2004 police encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others has disclosed that the encounter "may not be genuine", the court's order in the RDX landing case could be misused by the government to initiate a departmental inquiry against him.

Verma is investigating the killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others as part of the special investigation team (SIT) constituted by the High Court.

The High Court had last month asked the state government to take a decision within one month on an inquiry report against Verma and another IPS officer Atul Karwal for their alleged inaction against an accused in RDX and arms landing case, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking action against the duo.

Verma has also contended that the order in the RDX landing case needs to be reviewed and appropriately modified as it has not been heard on merits yet.

He further contended that the PIL by senior counsel and former MLA Yatin Oza did not have merits and was filed seeking vengeance as he had, in the past, used force against Oza. The plea is likely to be heard tomorrow.

The PIL by Oza filed in 2005 sought action against Verma and Karwal for their alleged inaction against Abdul Sattar Abdul Habib Hamdani alias 'Sattar Maulana' accused in the 1993 case. Verma was posted in Porbander in 1993.

Following the allegations made in the PIL, Additional Director General of Police (Administration) Pramod Kumar was asked to inquire the matter by the state government, who has submitted his findings to the state authorities for its decision.

Last month the HC told the state government that if any departmental action is to be taken based on the findings of Kumar, it should be done preferably in one month's time.

Oza has been demanding action against Verma and Karwal for allegedly not taking action against Abdul Sattar Abdul Habib Hamdani accused in the case of landing of large cache of RDX and arms at Gossabara beach in Porbander district.

It has been alleged that the RDX and arms were later used during the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.

Underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim, Abu Salem and Mohammad Dosa have been shown as absconding accused in the case.

In November last year, a special TADA court in Porbander had acquitted 17 accused in the Gossabara case for lack of evidence.

The judge had observed that police had recovered neither any weapon or RDX and the entire case was just based on statements.


First Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 00:15

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