Ahmedabad: The appointment of the head of
Special Investigation Team to probe the death of college
student Ishrat Jahan in an allegedly fake encounter with
Gujarat police appears to be jinxed as a third IPS officer
expressed unwillingness to take up the job.
J V Ramudu, an officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre who was
appointed by the Gujarat High Court as chief of SIT probing
the encounter case, said he was unwilling to take charge owing
"I cannot take the charge of new job due to health
reasons. I was on a long leave as I had undergone a surgery,"
"My consent was not taken prior to the decision on
appointment. What I have come to know is that only yesterday
they have sought consent of the AP state government on the
issue," he said.
The Gujarat high court had only yesterday relieved
chief of SIT probing Ishrat Jahan encounter case Satyapal
Singh and appointed 1981 batch IPS officer J V Ramudu in his
Assistant Solicitor General Pankaj Champanari,
appearing for the union government in the case, had informed
the court yesterday that consent of Ramudu and state where he
is serving was taken and he was ready to take up the job.
Based on his assurance, the court relieved Singh and
had appointed Ramudu.
Ramudu was the third SIT chief appointed by the
Gujarat High Court. Delhi cadre IPS officer Karnail Singh was
appointed the first head of the SIT a year ago but relieved by
the court. The court had then appointed Maharashtra Cadre IPS
officer Satyapal Singh who was relieved yesterday.
The high court had directed Gujarat government to
issue a notification with regard to the appointment of Ramudu
before July 19 and ordered Ramudu to join immediately.
Further hearing on the matter is fixed for August 5.
Ishrat, along with three others Javed Sheikh alias
Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed
in a police encounter on June 15, 2004.
After the encounter, the city crime branch had claimed
that the deceased were LeT terrorists who had come to kill
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The probe in the case is being supervised directly by
the Gujarat High Court which had constituted the SIT last year
to investigate genuineness of the encounter after petitions
filed by Ishrat`s mother Shamima Kausar and Gopinath Pillai,
father of Pranesh Pillai.
The other two members of Ishrat SIT are Gujarat cadre
IPS officer Mohan Jha and Satish Verma.