Ishrat Jahan encounter case: CBI court refuses to drop proceedings against four accused officers

Written by Sohini Ghosh
| Ahmedabad |

Updated: October 23, 2020 2:33:42 pm

Ishrat Jahan, her friend Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh, Amzad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Ahmedabad police on the outskirts of the city in June 2004. (File)

A special CBI court in Ahmedabad on Friday, presiding over the trial of the extrajudicial killing of Ishrat Jahan, disposed the discharge pleas filed by four accused officers – JG Parmar, Tarun Barot, GL Singhal and Anaju Chaudhary – with a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to seek sanction from the state government to prosecute the accused officers.

Of the four, JG Parmar passed away on September 21 and is thus abated from the case.

Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai and two others, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, who were said to be Pakistanis, were killed near Kotarpur waterworks on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004 by Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch, then led by DG Vanzara. DCB had then claimed that the four were operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, out to kill the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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The CBI had originally filed the case in 2013 against seven policemen, of whom three – P P…

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