Vanzara back in Sabarmati jail

After spending nearly seven months at Navi Mumbai’s Taloja jail in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case,suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara is back at Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: June 11, 2013 4:22 am

After spending nearly seven months at Navi Mumbai’s Taloja jail in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case,suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara is back at Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad.

A special CBI court sent Vanzara to the jail under judicial custody in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case on Monday after the CBI did not ask for further custody.

Vanzara was produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate,HS Khutwad,after the completion of the five day interrogation by CBI.

The CBI,which earlier failed thrice to get Vanzara’s transfer warrant from Mumbai,submitted before the court that his interrogation was complete and he be sent to Mumbai.

Vanzara’s lawyer VD Gajjar objected to the CBI’s submission saying the agency has no locus to tell the court to send his client back to Mumbai.

“The order of special CBI court in Mumbai clearly shows Vanzara shall remain at Sabarmati Central Jail in judicial custody till the investigation in Ishrat Jahan encounter case is over,and not just my client’s interrogation,” Gajjar told the court.

Following this,the court sent Vanzara to Sabarmati Central Jail under judicial custody and ordered his appearance before the court on June 24.

Earlier,Vanzara was transferred under judicial custody from Taloja jail to Sabarmati jail under section 267 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC),which deals with the custodial transfer of an accused who is wanted in another criminal case in another court’s jurisdiction.

After his transfer,Vanzara was handed over to the CBI for five days ending on Monday.

It is believed during the questioning that Vanzara spilled the beans on the fake encounter.

However,a close associate of Vanzara denied this,saying the police officer referred his interrogators to his statement given before the Gujarat High Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT),which concluded that 19-year-old Khalsa College girl Ishrat Jahan,her friend Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai and two alleged Pakistani nationals Jeeshan Johar and Amjadali Rana were gunned down on June 14,2004 in a staged encounter.

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