Ishrat Case: HC asks Union Home sec to give name of 3 officers

The Gujarat High Court in Friday directed the Union Home secretary to give names of at least three police officers who could be considered to be part of the special investigation team (SIT)

Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 21:59 PM IST

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court in Friday
directed the Union Home secretary to give names of at least
three police officers who could be considered to be part of
the special investigation team (SIT) that could probe the
encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004.

The directions were issued by a division bench of
Justice Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari hearing a review
petition by father of Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh
Pillai, one of those killed along with Ishrat.

In his petition Javed`s father Gopinath Pillai has
sought review of the High Court`s earlier order transferring
the probe in Ishrat Jahan encounter case to Supreme court
appointed SIT, probing the 2002 riot cases.

The Court today came down heavily on the Union
Government counsel P S Champaneri after he stated that he did
not have the name of police officers as asked by the court
during the last hearing.

Directing the Union Home secretary to suggest names of
at least three police officers by September 21, who could be
considered if the court were to constitute an SIT to probe the
Ishrat encounter case, the court observed that it would have
been better if the Union home department had given names in
time.

Meanwhile, the state government today suggested names
of 11 IPS officers to be chosen to form the SIT.

The list provided by the state include ADGPs Amitabh
Pathak, P C Thakur, Pramod Kumar; IGs K Kumarswamy, Mohan Jha,
and Sanjay Srivastava.

The name also includes DIG rank officers J K Bhatt, B
D Waghela, B S Jebalia, besides D R Patel and H G Patel of
rank of SP.

Out of the 11, three officers--Pramod Kumar, Mohan Jha
and J K Bhatt were part of the SIT that was constituted by the
single bench of Gujarat High Court which was later dissolved.

Mumbai-based Ishrat was killed in an encounter along
with Javed, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan
Johar Abdul Gani by crime branch officials near Ahmedabad on
June 15, 2004.

Gujarat police at the time of encounter had claimed
that Ishrat Jahan and the three others were LeT operatives on
a mission to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

According to police, the encounter was carried out
based on specific inputs from the Central intelligence that
Lashkar-e-Toiba was planning to carry out attacks on various
parts of India including Gujarat.

The SIT headed by former CBI chief R K Raghavan,
probing some of the 2002 riot cases, which was given the task
by the court to probe Ishrat case had earlier expressed its
inability to probe the case due to it present commitments.

The petitioner has also suggested names of four IPS
officer of Gujarat cadre before the court.

PTI