New Delhi: The Supreme Court today expressed
surprise over the decision of the Gujarat High Court handing
over the investigations into the killing of alleged LeT
operative Ishrat Jahan in an alleged fake encounter with
police to the apex Court-appointed SIT probing 2002 Gujarat
"How can the High Court refer that case to the SIT?" a
special Bench headed by Justice D K Jain said while
maintaining that SIT was constituted by the apex court to
probe only the 10 riot cases of 2002.
Senior advoacte Harish Salve, who is assisting the court
in the riot cases, said the High Court perhaps thought that
SIT was a body constituted to look into any case.
"The High Court may correct its direction," he said.
The fact about the High Court direction was pointed out
by the SIT chief R K Raghavan who wanted a clarfication from
the apex court.
The High Court had on August 12 handed over
investigations into the case to SIT by rejecting the demand by
the girl`s mother Shamina Kausar for a CBI inquiry into it.
The court has directed the state government to make
necessary orders within two weeks to transfer the case to SIT.
The court has also told the SIT to submit its report
within three months after it begins investigations.
Mumbai-based Ishrat, an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba
operative, was killed in an encounter with the police along
with Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali
alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani by
crime branch officials near Ahmedabad on June 15,2004.
Ishrat and her associates were allegedly plotting to
kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.