Ishrat encounter: CBI ascertaining authenticity of tapes

The CBI is ascertaining the authenticity of tapes with purported conversations of Gujarat government officials allegedly discussing ways to help the accused police personnel in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: August 14, 2013 3:13 am

The CBI is ascertaining the authenticity of tapes with purported conversations of Gujarat government officials allegedly discussing ways to help the accused police personnel in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

The agency,which has submitted the tapes to the trial court in Ahmedabad in a sealed cover,might include these details in its supplementary chargesheet which is likely to unveil the conspiracy behind the fake encounter,CBI sources said. They said it is very crucial to ascertain whether the people heard speaking in the tapes are the same persons who have been accused of making the remarks. The sources,however,were apprehensive whether these tapes would stand the scrutiny in the court.

The agency is likely to file its supplementary chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case in which it might give details of the conspiracy which led to the killing of the 19-year-old and three others — Javed Sheikh,Amjadali Rana and Zeeshan Johar — in June,2004. The CBI,which is probing the case,has been able to get detailed information about Ishrat and Javed as it included the statements of their relatives and people known to them in the chargesheet filed on July 3. It has so far not been able to reach any conclusive point on the identity of Johar and Rana. The CBI has in its chargesheet neither given any details about the antecedents of the duo nor the motive of their presence in Gujarat.

When contacted over the phone,former minister of state for Home Praful Patel,said,“We shall discuss this when we meet.”

Advocate general Kamal Trivedi’s phone was answered by someone who said that he was busy and “would revert”. The other purported people attributed to in the tapes,could not be reached. The CBI’s chargesheet accuses seven police officers of the Gujarat Police of murder,kidnapping and other related crimes under the Indian Penal Code.

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