Suspended Gujarat cadre IPS officer N K Amin, arrested in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case who recently got bail, will soon be reinstated, a top official said.
A 1996 batch IPS officer, Amin is the senior-most deputy SP in Gujarat Police and was in judicial custody in Vadodara Central Jail. Another IPS officers in service, who are out on bail in the Ishrat case, include Additional Director General of Police P P Pandey, who is now heading the Law and Order department, and Superintendent of Police G L Singhal, who is with the Armed Units. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) G R Aloria said, “We are going through his case papers and will revoke his suspension and reinstate him as per the rules of the police manual. He will be brought back to Gujarat Police.”
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Amin was put under suspension after his arrest in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in 2007 when he was the assistant commissioner of police in Ahmedabad Crime Branch. After spending more than six years in Sabarmati Central Jail in Sohrabuddin case, Amin was shifted to Nadiad sub-jail and later to Vadodara Central Jail. Amin’s judicial custody had its share of controversies. When in Sabarmati Central Jail in 2009 in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, Amin had alleged that Rajkumar Pandian (now posted in GIDC Mumbai) had attempted to kill him.
Amin had also sought to turn approver in the same Sohrabuddin fake encounter case which was rejected by the court. As per the CBI chargesheet, Amin was heading one of the shooting squads formed by then DCP Crime DG Vanzara while other was headed by GL Singhal, also ACP in Crime Branch during the encounter. The CBI investigation had found him as one of the key accused who plotted and executed the encounter killings of Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Shaikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana.
N K Amin still has four years left for his retirement, but is recuperating from a serious illness, and it might be some time before he is back in the saddle.