Sadiq Jamal encounter case: Brother says no to STF probe

Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Monday reserved its order in the Sadiq Jamal encounter case of 2003 after the state government opposed to the SIT probe as agreed to by Sadiq's brother.

Earlier, Shabbir Jamal Mehtar, brother of Sadiq who was killed in a police encounter in Naroda area of the city on January 13, 2003 by the city crime branch, demanded a CBI probe into the killing opposing the Special Task Force (STF)-led investigation agreed to by the state government.

He, however,insisted for a probe by SIT, formed by Gujarat High Court in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan police encounter case, instead of CBI probe. However, the state government opposed to the SIT probe.

Shabbir's counsel Mukul Sinha expressed apprehensions with regard to the probe by STF alleging that the state police had already filed a closure report in the encounter case without conducting in depth investigations.

Sinha claimed that the number two accused in the case Tariq Parveen, who has been shown as an absconder by the police, was in fact lodged in Mumbai's Arthur Road prison in connection with some other case and had recently been acquitted.

Sinha, however, submitted that he would agree to a probe by the SIT formed for the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, instead of the CBI.

The state government pleader PK Jani opposed Sinha's proposal saying that it was not required at this stage.

The Crime Branch had claimed that they had had intelligence inputs that Sadiq was a hardcore criminal who had plotted to kill BJP leader LK Advani, Chief Minister Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.

The state government last week filed an affidavit in the High Court informing it about formation of the STF and a Monitoring Authority (MA) to enquire into the alleged fake encounter.

It had also informed that retired Justice MB Shah was appointed as chairman of MA and IGP AK Sharma as chief of STF.