Ahmedabad: The three members of the
Special Investigation Team probing the 2004 police encounter
of Mumbai teenager Ishrat Jahan and three others on Wednesday
submitted individual reports to the Gujarat High Court
explaining their roles in investigation of the case.
Reports were submitted by SIT chief Karnal Singh and
members Mohan Jha and Satish Verma, all IPS officers,
following orders issued by a division bench of justices Jayant
Patel and Abhilasha Kumari on April 8.
The hearing in the case is scheduled for tomorrow.
During the hearing early this month, the HC had expressed
dissatisfaction over the progress report submitted by SIT.
"It appears from the report that the investigation by
the SIT is not very satisfactory. If the progress is to be
considered in toto, we find it is not up to the expectation of
the court," the bench had observed on April 8.
With a view to ensure that the investigation is
expedited and properly channelled to unearth the truth at the
earliest, the court directed that "each member of SIT shall
submit separate reports about the contribution made by him in
the functioning of SIT".
Since the report of the SIT was not found to be
satisfactory, the court had sought a fresh report from the
agency incorporating the gist of the investigation after
including the statement of key witnesses on the aspects of the
genuineness of the encounter or otherwise.
Ishrat (19), a college girl, along with Javed Sheikh
alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were
killed near here on June 15, 2004 in a police encounter.