Ishrat case: SIT seizes computer hard disks, docs

The SIT probing the 2004 encounter of Mumbai teenager Ishrat Jahan and three others has seized some computer hard disks and documents related to the case after raiding the Forensic Science Laboratory.

Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 23:59 PM IST

Ahmedabad: The Special Investigating Team
(SIT) probing the 2004 encounter of Mumbai teenager Ishrat
Jahan and three others has seized some computer hard disks and
documents related to the case after raiding the Forensic
Science Laboratory (FSL).

The raid on FSL at Meghaninagar was conducted on the
night of March 3, sources in SIT said on Tuesday.

The SIT officials seized some computer hard disk
drives and documents related to the Ishrat case and are
analysing them, they said.

Based on analysis, some FSL officers are likely to be
questioned in the coming days as to why these things were not
handed over to the Gujarat High Court-appointed probe agency
along with other evidence and documents, the sources said.

The seizure assumes significance as SIT member Satish
Verma, in an affidavit filed in the high court last month, had
questioned genuineness of the encounter.

Verma had said there were illustrative evidences that
suggest the allegation of the encounter being fake was well
founded. He had enumerated various scientific evidence that go
against the version of the FIR filed by the city Crime Branch.
Ishrat (19), a Mumbai college student, along with
Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan
Johar were killed on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15,
2004.

The Crime Branch had then claimed the four were member
of the banned LeT and were on a mission to kill Chief Minister
Narendra Modi.

Crime Branch had further claimed the gunbattle was
carried out after receiving intelligence inputs from the
Centre.

Acting on a petition filed by Ishrat`s mother Shamima
Kausar and father of one of the deceased, Pillai, demanding a
CBI inquiry, the High Court had formed the SIT in September
last year to probe the encounter.

Members of the SIT are Karnail Singh, a 1984 batch IPS
officer whose name was suggested by Union Home Ministry, Mohan
Jha, a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre officer named by the State
Government and Verma (1986 batch) suggested by the
petitioner.

In September 2009, a report by Judicial Magistrate S P
Tamang had concluded that the encounter was "fake" and carried
out in "cold blood" by the police officers to win promotions
and rewards.

PTI