IPS officer Satish Verma on Wednesday filed a petition in the Gujarat HC,expressing fears that a recent inquiry report in the 1993 Gosabara arms landing case could be misused by state government to initiate a departmental inquiry against him.
Verma,who is a member of the HC-appointed SIT investigating the Ishrat Jahan encounter,sought review of the HC order,which directed the government to take action as it sought fit on an inquiry report prepared by ADGP Pramod Kumar in the Gosabara case. Verma apprehends that the Gosabara inquiry report could be used against him since he has stated that the Ishrat encounter could not be genuine and sought permission to file a separate FIR in the case.
In 2005,senior HC lawyer Yatin Oza had demanded action against Verma,Atul Karwal,Sanjiv Bhatt and other police officers for allegedly delaying arrest of an alleged anti-national criminal,Abdul Sattar Abdul Habib Hamdani alias Sattar Maulana in the 1993 Gosabara RDX landing case in Porbandar. Verma was the Porbandar SP then. Not arresting Sattar Maulana had allegedly resulted in seven criminals fleeing India.
A number of inquiries were ordered into the incident. Verma pointed out that an inquiry commission consisting of a retired HC judge and two DGPs had given him and others a clean chit in the case. Yet another inquiry was ordered by Kumar,who submitted his report to the Home Department,which remains confidential.
During the Gosabara PIL hearing on April 28,a division bench comprising Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice J B Pardiwala had ordered that the government was free to take any step on the basis of Kumars report.
Verma has contended that the PIL is motivated because he had used force against Oza in the past and the latter was seeking vengeance.