Ishrat Jahan case: Satyapal Singh will head SIT
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 18, 2011, 23:28
  
Ahmedabad: Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Satyapal Singh on Saturday took charge of the special investigation team (SIT) appointed by Gujarat High Court to probe the killing of college student Ishrat Jahan and three others in an encounter with police.

Singh, who had earlier in a letter to the Gujarat High Court had expressed reluctance to accept the post, changed his mind and formally took over the SIT post, officials sources said.

In a letter written to the Gujarat HC last week, Singh, who was posted as ADGP (Law & Order), had said Maharashtra government was reluctant to relieve him for heading the probe into Ishrat's killing.

After taking over the charge at the SIT office in Shahibhaug area of the city, Singh told reporters that "earlier the situation was different. Now, I have been relieved and I have taken charge".

Abhilasha Kumari had appointed Singh as head of the special investigation team (SIT) on May 12.

Singh was appointed after the then SIT chairman Karnal Singh expressed his desire to withdraw from the probe following his posting in Mizoram.

Ishrat, along with Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, was killed in a police encounter on June 15, 2004.

After the encounter, city crime branch had claimed that the deceased were LeT terrorists who had come to kill Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011, 23:28


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