Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court today
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 direction was issued by a division bench of Justice
Jayant Patel and Justice Abhilasha Kumari, while hearing a
petition seeking review of the High Court`s order transferring
the probe in Ishrat Jahan encounter case to Supreme court
The petition was filed by Gopinath Pillai, father of
Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, who was one of
the three persons killed in police encounter along with Ishrat
in June 2004. Further hearing of the case is scheduled for
The court asked High court Advocate General Kamal
Trivedi, appearing on behalf of the state government, to
obtain the view of the SIT, if it was willing to take up the
probe in the case or not.
Court said if the SIT was not desirous of of taking the
work assigned to it, then it may have to take up its order for
Trivedi further informed the court that following its
order of August 12, SIT had made representation with the apex
court and a letter containing the details of what actually
transpired in the SC would be reaching the High court soon.