Ending weeks of suspense over its probe into the nine-year-old killing of Ishrat Jahan,the CBI Wednesday filed a chargesheet against seven Gujarat police officers saying Ishrat and the three men with her were eliminated in a fake encounter.
The CBI also said that the FIR about the encounter was drafted before it took place and alleged that the intelligence bureau had a strong role in planning the killings. The agency said it is still probing the conspiracy and motive behind the killings and will soon file a supplementary chargesheet.
In the chargesheet filed in a Gujarat court,the CBI claimed that sophisticated weapons were planted on Ishrat and the three men after they were procured from the state Intelligence Bureau of Gujarat by one set of police officers.
These officers allegedly passed it on to their colleagues who participated in the shooting and planted the weapons on the four victims.
The CBI and the IB have been locked in a tussle over what the CBI says is the role of the IBs special director Rajinder Kumar who was posted in Gujarat at the time of the incident.
Despite the Ministry of Home Affairs claiming that it is not convinced with the evidence against Kumar,the CBI chargesheet has claimed that Kumar,along with disgraced DIG D G Vanzara and Gujarat ADGP P P Pande,held meetings at Vanzaras office.
The officers are believed to have differed over the need to kill Ishrat but agreed on eliminating the three men Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai,Amjadali Rana and Zeeshan Johar.
Besides Pande and Vanzara,the chargesheet also names G L Singhal,Tarun Barot,N K Amin,J G Parmar and Anaju Chaudhary. The CBI said that the probe against IB officers including Kumar and three others P Mittal,M K Sinha and Rajeev Wankhede is still on.