‘Experts misinterpreted parameters in Ishrat case’

The SIT probing the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jehan, has brought out certain "misinterpretations" made by a board comprising forensic experts.

Mumbai: The Special Investigative Team,
probing the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jehan, has
brought out certain "misinterpretations" made by a board
comprising forensic experts from AIIMS and CFSL.

In its 22-page complaint filed before the CBI, SIT head
Rajiv Ranjan Verma said the Board of Experts comprising Head
of Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (AIIMS) Dr TD Dogra and CFSL Director Rajinder Singh misinterpreted the
parameters for reconstruction of the scene of crime.

"They (medical experts) wrongly stated that the body of
Amjad Ali was 20 feet behind the Indica car whereas the record
clearly mentioned it to be 12 feet, and even though the
correct position was shown to the board during reconstruction.

"They disregarded the recorded positions of the police
officers while firing and relied on the improved position that
the police officers showed to the board," the complaint said.

Based on the complaint of the SIT, the CBI registered an
FIR in Navi Mumbai to conduct a probe into the case.

When contacted, Dr Dogra refused to comment on the
finding of the SIT and said their observations were based on
findings of probe team.

"However, the SIT findings are unfortunate," Dr Dogra

The SIT had alleged that the two illustrations of the
"Board`s lack of scientific application were most glaring"
which included that the car in which the deceased were
travelling would have dragged to right when its left rear tyre
suddenly burst.

"The SIT provided them with authenticated research paper
on this topic by the Mechanical engineering department of
University of California at Berkeley, US. This research
paper, duly, published in an international academic journal,
concluded the opposite.

"However, despite SIT`s request to them for revisiting
their earlier opinion, they evaded the issue," it said.

The SIT said in response to a query, the Board gave a
surprising opinion that the backrest of a car could go further
backwards of the car stopped suddenly.

It said as per the terms of reference, the Board of
Experts was not required to do any primary examination of
exhibits that was done in earlier phases of investigations.

"The Board`s limited work was to reconstruct the scene
and represent it through animation or graphics and to clarify
such doubts as may exist regarding the earlier expert
opinion," the SIT report said.

Ishrat, a 19-year-old college girl from Mumbra in Thane
district in Maharashtra and three others -- Javed Sheikh alias
Pranesh Gopinath Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Jeeshan Johar --
were killed in an encounter on the outskirts of the city on
June 15, 2004.

The CBI registered a case against 19 people including
then Commissioner K R Koushik, then Joint Commissioner of
Police PP Pande, then DCP DG Vanjara, then Additional CP
Narendra Amin and then joint CP Amin.

Others include JJ Parmar, VD Vaanar, Gawat, CJ
Goswami, PG Waghela, Tarun Baruth, RI Patel, DG Swami, IK
Choudhry, KN Vaghela, DG Goswami, Mohan Bhai Nonjibhai,
Bhaala Bhai and KS Desai.

All accused have been booked for murder, kidnapping,
conspiracy and destruction of evidence.

Ishrat`s mother Shamima Kausar, who visited CBI office in
Navi Mumbai for collecting FIR, said she was getting positive
response from CBI and she feels that the probe is now going in
proper direction. She urged the CBI to punish all the guilty
of whichever rank and, however, powerful.

"The accused who have been named in the FIR are the ones
who murdered my daughter. But they were ordered to do so by
someone else. CBI should book those persons too," she said.


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