Ahmedabad: A special CBI court here on Wednesday 31 March 2021 discharged three accused police officers in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
The Special CBI Court of Special CBI judge V R Raval on Wednesday allowed the discharge applications of G L Singhal, Tarun Barot (now retired) and Anaju Chaudhary. The three police officers had on March 20 filed discharge petitions.
In response to their petition, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the court that the Gujarat Government had refused permission to prosecute the accused in the encounter case.
The Court said “There is nothing on file, even prima facie, to conclude that the victims weren’t terrorists, or the IB inputs weren’t real”.
The court had observed in October 2020 that the accused had “acted in their official duties,” so the probe agency was required to obtain prosecution sanction.
The CBI had named seven police officers — Pandey, Vanzara, Amin, Singhal, Barot, Parmar, and Chaudhary – as accused in its first charge sheet filed in 2013.
Poceedings against former police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin were dropped by the Court in 2019 after the state government refused permission for their prosecution. P P Pandey , former in-charge State DG Police, was discharged from the case in 2018 and Parmar died during the course of hearing.
on June 15, 2004 ,Ishrat Jahan, along with Jishan Johar, Amjad Ali Rana and Javed Shaikh, was killed in a police encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. According to Ahmedabad police, those killed in the encounter were Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists on a mission to kill Narendra Modi, who was then the Gujarat Chief Minister. Police had identified Johar and Rana as Pakistani nationals, while Sheikh was the link for their local network.