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Story of an encounter: CBI implicating officers without verifying facts: IB tells SC

Ishrat-main Ishrat Jahan (Express Photo)
By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 22, 2014 3:50 am

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) Thursday told the Supreme Court that the CBI is implicating its officers without verifying facts in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

It also placed, in a sealed envelope, secret inputs it had received about terrorist activities of Lashkar-e-Toiba, which was trying to eliminate senior BJP leader L K Advani and the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.

“Despite full cooperation extended by the IB in the course of the investigation, CBI seems to have filed a chargesheet implicating four IB officers without fully verifying all the relevant facts,” the IB said in its affidavit in response to a petition filed by Gujarat police officer N K Amin. Amin has moved the SC to get all charges in the case quashed.

The IB also referred to a June 25, 2010 letter received from the Legal Attache, posted in the US Embassy in Delhi, which contained information about Ishrat Jahan, which became available to FBI officers during the interrogation of terrorist David Coleman Headley.

The affidavit assumes significance in view of the second supplementary chargesheet filed by the CBI on February 6 naming former IB special director Rajinder Kumar and three others — P Mittal, M K Sinha and Rajeev Wankhede — for being “involved” in the case.

The IB, in its affidavit, elaborated the sequences of events that led to the encounter in which 19-year-old Mumbai-based girl Ishrat Jahan, Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were killed in 2004.

In its first charge sheet, CBI had named Gujarat’s suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police N K Amin and six other police officers.
The six other police officers include IPS officer G L Singhal, retired DSP J G Parmar, Mehsana Deputy SP Tarun Barot and commando Anaju Chaudhary. It had alleged that it was a joint operation of state police and Intelligence Bureau. Amin was accused of abducting
Ishrat and Sheikh from Vasad two days prior to the killings and firing the shots during the so-called encounter.

The four were gunned down by the Gujarat police on June 15, 2004 on the charge that they were on a mission to eliminate the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. CBI has claimed all the four were killed in a “fake” encounter.

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