Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ishrat encounter: SIT submits its complaint with CBI

Express news service

Ahmedabad: Delhi-based IPS officer R R Verma and chief of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which probed the Ishrat Jahan encounter, today lodged a complaint in the CBI (Central Bureau of investigation) headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday, declaring the encounter to be fake and suggesting that the roles of all the police officers involved in it be probed.

The complaint, which charged the accused with murder, conspiracy, kidnapping and illegal confinement, did not name any police officer, but suggested that all the officers named in various roles justifying the encounter in the original FIR by the crime branch in 2004 be probed.

Verma’s complaint annexes the 22-page report which the SIT last submitted to the Gujarat High Court, after which the case went to the CBI.

The 2004 FIR on the Ishrat Jahan encounter lodged by then police inspector JG Parmar had elaborated on the various roles played by 18 officers, right from the intelligence input on Ishrat Jahan and the three others, to their killing. However, in the SIT probe so far, all these officers, Parmar included, were treated as suspects.

SIT chief Verma, who is the complainant in the new FIR, told the Indian Express over phone from Delhi, “We have submitted the report and handed over the case to the CBI. The CBI will probe further into the criminality and culpability of the persons involved in the encounter.”

Sources in the CBI said, “The SIT has given us a report that will be treated as a complaint for the FIR, which is likely to be file tomorrow.”

If the CBI goes by the original FIR, then some police officers likely to be under the scanner are former Director General of Police K R Kaushik, additional DGP PP Pandey, suspended IPS officers DG Vanzara, GL Singhal, and deputy superintendents of police NK Amin and Tarun Barot. Vanzara and Amin are lodged at the Sabarmati Central Jail in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Deputy inspector general of police Arun Bothra of the CBI will supervise the new probe, which will be carried out by superintendent of police Vinay Kumar. Kumar is already handling the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter probes.

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