Ishrat`s mother asks Guj HC to expedite hearing in her case
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Last Updated: Friday, May 14, 2010, 23:30
Ahmedabad: The mother of Ishrat Jahan, the college girl who was killed in a police encounter along with three others in 2004, has approached the Gujarat High Court with a plea to expedite the hearing in her plea for a CBI inquiry into the death of her daughter.

Shamima Kausar, in her petition filed yesterday, has cited the Supreme Court's order of April this year directing the Gujarat High Court to complete the hearing in her case within six months.

She has said since the SC wanted her plea seeking CBI inquiry in the case to be decided with in six months, the high court should expedite the process and assign the case to a division bench at the earliest.

According to court sources, the High Court registry has been ordered by the Chief Justice to put up the case before a division bench.

The matter is likely to come up for hearing in June as there will be summer vacation for the High Court from May 15.

Mumbai-based Ishrat(19) was killed in an encounter along with Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani by Ahmedabad crime branch officials in June, 2004.

Following the death of Ishrat, her mother had approached the Gujarat High Court in August, 2004, demanding a CBI probe into the incident.

After the encounter, the police had claimed Ishrat and the three others killed had links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and they were on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

However, in September 2009, a judicial inquiry by a metropolitan magistrate S P Tamang said the encounter was fake and Ishrat and three others were executed in cold blood by police officials for their personal benefit.

The report by Tamang was challenged by the state government in the Gujarat High Court which stayed it and ordered action against Tamang.

The HC also ordered further investigation in the case and formed a three-member committee to probe the incident.

Shamima and Gopinath Pillai, father of Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, had approached the Supreme court against the HC order staying Tamang's report.

The apex court had in April this year refused to lift the ban on Tamang's report and left it to the High Court to decide on the issue.


First Published: Friday, May 14, 2010, 23:30

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