Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Friday
constituted a new special investigations team (SIT) comprising
three IPS officers to probe the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
A division bench of justices Jayant Patel and
Abhilasha Kumari directed the state government to issue a
notification regarding the formation of the new SIT within two
The SIT has been asked to submit its report within
three months of the issuance of the notification.
The decision came during the hearing of a petition
filed by the father of Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh
Pillai, a suspected terrorist killed along with Ishrat,
seeking review of the high court`s earlier order transferring
the probe in the case to the Supreme Court-appointed SIT.
The SIT, probing some of the 2002 riot cases, had
earlier conveyed to the court its inability to investigate the
Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
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 IPS officers in new SIT selected by the court are
Karnail Singh, a 1984 batch IPS officer whose name was
suggested by the union home ministry, Mohan Jha 1985 batch
Gujarat cadre officer named by the state government and Satish
Verma of 1986 batch was suggested by the petitioner.