The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) Wednesday asked the Gujarat government to justify its action to transfer IPS officer Satish Verma,who was part of the SIT probing the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
During the hearing on Vermas petition challenging his transfer last year,the state government informed the tribunal that the IPS officer had not joined service despite the order of the Gujarat High Court.
Manisha Lavkumar,lawyer representing the state government,informed the bench that Verma had not complied with HCs order that directed the IPS officer to report back to his office in Junagadh by June 26.
The bench said,We are to hear whether Vermas transfer is justified or not. The bench adjourned the matter for next hearing till July 2.
In 2012,Verma was transferred to Junagadh as principal of Police Training College. According to Vermas contention his transfer was done in order to prevent him from being a part of investigating team probing 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case. Before he was transferred Verma was joint commissioner of police (traffic) in Ahmedabad and was member of Special Investigation Team which concluded that the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter was fake.
Vermas disclosures in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case earned him the ire of the state government and then he was directed by the HC to assist the CBI in the probe,after the SITs findings. Vermas stint with CBI ended last Sunday and had been directed by the HC to report back to his original service.
Vermas lawyer I H Syed said,The state is lying that Verma has not reported yet. Syed said Verma has already reported to the director general of police (DGP) and has attended training of Home Department Integrated IT solutions for two days at Karai police academy in Gandhinagar.
When contacted DGP Amitabh Pathak said,Satish Verma reported on duty in Ahmedabad where he is not posted. His posting is in Junagadh and hence he has been informed to join office there.