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Ishrat Jahan case: SC trashes plea seeking criminal prosecution against SIT member

Ishrat Jahan was killed in a fake encounter in 2004. (PTI) Ishrat Jahan was killed in a fake encounter in 2004. (PTI)
Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published on:April 28, 2014 1:39 pm

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition, seeking to have criminal prosecution and contempt proceedings initiated against one of the members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that had probed into the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case of Gujarat.

A bench led by Justice H L Dattu refused to admit a plea by Gopinath Pillai, father of Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh, who was among the four killed in the Ishrat Jahan encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in June, 2004.

The bench said that the petition was pre-mature and that Pillai should wait for some more time to see whether some actions are taken on his complaint or not.

Pillai had sought actions against SIT member Mohan Jha for allegedly seeking to dissuade the witnesses in the case from making incriminating depositions.

His petiton claimed the list of witnesses submitted by the CBI along with the charge- sheet indicated that senior Gujarat police officer Jha had pressured witnesses into retracting their statements.

Javed and Ishrat, along with two others, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, were gunned down by the Gujarat police on June 15, 2004 on the charge that they were on a mission to eliminate Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The Central Bureau of Investigation has claimed all the four were killed in a “fake” encounter.


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