Ishrat case: HC grants SIT plea for copy of Tamang report

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Thursday approved the plea of special investigating team (SIT), probing the 2004 police encounter of Ishrat Jahan, seeking copy of Judicial Magistrate S P Tamang's report which had concluded that the encounter was fake.

The division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari today granted the plea of ACP V R Toliya, who had sought certified copy of Tamang's report, which is in High Court's possession.

The SIT had sought the copy saying it would help the probe. Magistrate Tamang, in his 2009 report, had said that four persons -- Ishrat, Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani -- who were killed in a police encounter on the outskirts of the city, were not linked with Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashker-e-Taiba, as claimed by city crime branch officials.

Police had claimed the deceased were LET terrorists who had come to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Magistrate Tamang had concluded that police officers and their subordinates had shot the four persons in "cold blood".

Magistrate Tamang had further said in the report that the encounter was "planned" and executed "mercilessly" by shooting the victims from "close range".

The report said that police officers including the then city police commissioner K R Kaushik, then JCP (crime branch) P P Pande, suspended DIG D G Vanzara, then ACP G L Singhal, and ACP N K Amin had planned this encounter for their selfish motives.

The motive of the senior police officers was to get promotions, it said.

The police officials illegally detained the four persons from Mumbai and brought them to Ahmedabad, the report said.

Mumbai-based Ishrat Jahan (19) was killed in an encounter along with three other persons in June, 2004, following which a judicial probe was initiated.