Ishrat Jahan case: CBI books 20 Gujarat policemen
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 14:12
  
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday registered cases against 20 Gujarat policemen in connection with the fake encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan in 2004.

The fresh FIR was registered by the probe agency after the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the case, gave its complaint to the CBI on December 15.

All the 20 policemen have been charged with murder and destruction of evidence, a senior CBI officer said.

A judicial inquiry report by metropolitan magistrate SP Tamang had alleged that 21 police officers, including then crime branch chief JCP PP Pande, suspended DIG DG Vanzara, the then ACP GL Singhal and ACP NK Amin were involved in the conspiracy regarding the encounter.

Vanzara and Amin are also accused in the fake encounter killing of alleged gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and in the murder of his wife Kausar Bi.

The Gujarat High Court had on December 1 directed the CBI to take over further probe in the case in which 19-year-old college girl Ishrat, Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in Ahmedabad.

The directives came as a Special Investigative Team constituted by the High Court had concluded last month that the encounter was staged by police.

A judicial inquiry report by metropolitan magistrate SP Tamang report had alleged that 21 police officers, including then crime branch chief JCP PP Pande, suspended DIG DG Vanzara, then ACP GL Singhal and ACP NK Amin were involved in the conspiracy regarding the fake encounter.

Vanzara and Amin are also accused in the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and in the murder of his wife Kausar Bi, and are currently behind bars.

The High Court also ordered CBI to probe the claims made by the state police after the encounter that the four persons were LeT terrorists on a mission to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.


First Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 11:39


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