SIT expresses inability to investigate Ishrat encounter case
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Last Updated: Friday, September 03, 2010, 22:16
Ahmedabad: Supreme Court appointed special investigation team has conveyed to the Gujarat high court its inability to investigate the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

In a letter to the court of division bench of Justice Jayant Patel and Justice Abhilasha Kumari, SIT has conveyed that they are unable to take up the investigations of Ishrat encounter case.

Court on August 23 had directed the state government to get the view of Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing some 2002 riot cases, if it was willing to take up probe in Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

The court was hearing a petition filed by father of one of the suspected terrorists Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai seeking review of the High Court's earlier order transferring the probe in Ishrat Jahan encounter case to Supreme court appointed SIT.

Ishrat's mother Shamima Kausar, meanwhile, has approached Supreme Court against the High Court's order after which the Apex Court had ordered Gujarat government to not to transfer the case to SIT till further orders.

Mumbai-based Ishrat 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 crime branch officials near Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

The high court has kept the further hearing of the case on September 9.


First Published: Friday, September 03, 2010, 22:16

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