A particular CBI court in Ahmedabad on Wednesday discharged three cops accused within the extrajudicial killing of Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, and two others in June 2004.
The three police officers — IPS officer GL Singhal, retired police officer Tarun Barot, and Anaju Chaudhari — filed the discharge applications on March 20. With the proceedings in opposition to the three dropped, the trial has virtually come to an finish, except the CBI appeals in opposition to the identical.
The CBI had not appealed in opposition to the discharge of 4 different officers earlier. This was cited as a floor for the discharge of the last three accused within the case. Special CBI choose VR Raval additionally famous that “prima facie, there was nothing on record to suggest” that Ishrat Jahan, and the 4 others who have been killed, “were not terrorists.”
Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, who have been stated to be Pakistani nationals, have been killed close to Kotarpur waterworks on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004, by the Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch, then led by Vanzara. DCB had then claimed that the 4 have been operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba out to kill the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
In its cost sheet filed in 2013, the CBI had named seven law enforcement officials – P P Pandey, Vanzara, N Ok Amin, J G Parmar, Singhal, Barot, and Chaudhary — as accused within the case. All the accused have been charged with homicide, abduction, and destruction of proof amongst different prices.
Pandey, who was the joint commissioner of police (crime), Ahmedabad City, on the time of the faux encounter, was discharged in 2018. In May 2019, the particular CBI court discharged Vanzara and Amin within the case, whereas Parmar was abated following his demise in September 2020.
While discharging Amin and Vanzara, the particular CBI court had largely relied on the truth that the state authorities had refused to grant sanction to prosecute the 2 (Vanzara and Amin) and it had not been opposed or challenged by the CBI. Ishrat’s mom, Shamima Kauser, nonetheless, had opposed the discharge pleas of Vanzara and Amin.
On March 20, the CBI particular public prosecutor submitted a sealed report containing the state authorities’s refusal to grant sanction to prosecute the three, that’s Singhal, Barot and Chaudhari. Taking a leaf from the discharge of the sooner accused, the three of their functions searching for that the fees in opposition to them be dropped on the 2 key grounds – parity with the discharge of different equally positioned accused officers, and in addition on the state authorities’s refusal to grant sanction to prosecute the accused officers. The discharge functions didn’t contact on the deserves of the case.