May 12, 2021

CBI court docket acquits three police officers accused in Ishrat Jehan encounter case



Seventeen years after she was killed, a particular CBI court docket on Wednesday discharged the three police officers accused in an alleged faux encounter case involving Ishrat Jehan (19). With this, the trial of one of the crucial high-profile circumstances of alleged extra-judicial killing, has nearly come to an finish.

The three police officers — IPS officer GL Singhal, retired police officer Tarun Barot, and Anaju Chaudhari –– had earlier filed discharge petitions. The CBI had initially named a number of senior officers, together with former Gujarat high cop PP Pandey, DG Vanzara, NK Amin, and senior IB officers –– all of whom had been discharged by the court docket later –– leaving Barot, Singhal and Chaudhari because the accused within the case.

Ishrat Jahan, a youngster from Mumbra, together with Pranesh Pillai Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, who had been alleged to be Pakistani nationals, had been allegedly killed in a police encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. The Ahmedabad police claimed that they had been militants from Lashkar-e-Toiba on a mission to kill the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

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  • With Ahmedabad metropolitan Justice of the Peace SP Tamang calling the encounter faux in his report in 2009 September, the Gujarat Excessive Courtroom constituted a particular investigation crew (SIT) to probe into the encounter in September 2010 and by January 2011, SIT member Satish Verma filed an affidavit stating that the encounter was faux.

    The SIT later concluded that the encounter was faux and the excessive court docket ordered that an FIR be lodged charging the policemen with homicide. The case was handed over to the CBI on December 12, 2011 by the Gujarat Excessive Courtroom.

    The preliminary chargesheet had maintained that Ishrat was kidnapped along with her pal Javed from Valsad Toll Naka on June 12, 2004 and was stored in police custody earlier than being killed in a staged encounter on June 15, 2004.

    Nevertheless, on Tuesday, the Particular CBI Decide noticed that “it’s established that info obtained by the Gujarat Police was primarily based on sound, strong and proper info. Due to this fact, it was required to maintain a watch on the motion and actions of the above stated 4 individuals. They weren’t easy and extraordinary offenders, however that they had indulged into the above referred so many actions.”

    “It’s additional pertinent to notice that after 6.12.1992, there have been quite a lot of bomb blasts within the space of Ahmedabad, Surat, Godhra, Mumbai and different components of India. It is usually pertinent to notice that there was a critical terrorist assault on Swaminarayan Temple (Akshardham) at Gandhinagar (Gujarat). There have been quite a lot of bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, as said above. Due to this fact, the involved law enforcement officials of Ahmedabad, who had been doing and discharging their official duties, had been certain to maintain a watch and supervision on all these actions. Quite a lot of anti-national and terrorist actions had been unfold throughout India, notably in Gujarat”.

    “Being excessive rating law enforcement officials, there isn’t a query of any faux encounter on the a part of any such police officer. All of the law enforcement officials had been to be extra cautious and alert to take care of peace within the public at giant,” the court docket added.

    “There may be nothing on file, even prima facie, to counsel that the victims weren’t terrorists, the IB inputs weren’t real,” the court docket added.