Ishrat case: Will examine Vanzara`s letter, says CBI chief

CBI director Ranjit Sinha said that Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara`s letter will be examined in the context of Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: CBI director Ranjit Sinha said on Thursday that Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara`s letter will be examined in the context of Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

He also clarified that the agency was yet to receive the letter officially, as per reports.

Vanzara had resigned from service on Tuesday accusing the state government of having failed to protect the interest of policemen jailed for encounter deaths while implementing its "conscious policy".

The development came on a day Congress demanded Modi`s resignation in the wake of a sting operation claiming to "expose" a plan by senior BJP leaders to save his key aide Amit Shah in Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case.

Controversial IPS officer Vanzara, who has so far rejected charges of fake encounter killings during Modi`s tenure, had accused the government of failing to protect officers who fought against "Pakistan inspired terrorism".

In his 10-page explosive resignation letter addressed to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) dated September 1, Vanzara, lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail in connection with a string of alleged fake encounter cases, had said the accused officers and men "simply implemented the conscious policy" of the state government.

In his hard-hitting letter, Vanzara said if policemen could be sent to jail for alleged fake encounters, the place of the state government "should either be in Taloja central prison at Navi Mumbai or in Sabarmati Central Prison at Ahmedabad."

"I would like to categorically state in the most unequivocal words that the officers and men of Crime Branch, ATS and Border Range, during the period between 2002 to 2007, simply acted and performed their duty in compliance of the conscious pro-active policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism of this government after Godhra riots," he had said.

Vanzara had accused the state government, particularly former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah of betraying him and 32 other officers, in jail in encounter killing cases being probed by the CBI.

The suspended officer had blamed Shah, currently a BJP general secretary, for shifting Sorabuddin Sheikh encounter killing case transferred outside Gujarat.

He had also said that he used to adore Modi like God, who could not rise to the occasion under the "evil" influence of Shah, a co-accused in Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter cases.

With PTI inputs