CBI on Thursday filed a progress report on its probe in the 2004 encounter killings of Ishrat Jahan and three others in the High Court,where a hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday.
As directed by the court during last hearing,investigating officer of CBI today filed the progress report of its probe in a sealed cover before Registrar (Judicial) Gujarat High Court, said advocate Yogesh Rawani,who is representing the central agency.
On May 10,a division bench monitoring the investigation,after expressing satisfaction over the probe,had granted more time to the agency and asked it to submit a progress report by today and also fixed the hearing of the case for June 14.
Since the last hearing,CBI has made significant progress in the case,having arrested suspended IPS officer and prime accused in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case,D G Vanzara,who is now lodged in Sabarmati central jail under judicial custody in this case.
Besides,CBI summoned and questioned special director of Intelligence Bureau Rajendra Kumar for the intelligence inputs generated about four terrorists entering the state to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi. CBI has reportedly summoned Kumar,who was posted as IBs joint director in Gujarat at the time of encounter,to record his statement as an accused.
In a setback to another IPS officer and an accused in the case,additional DGP P P Pandey,against whom an arrest warrant was issued on May 2,the Supreme Court rejected his plea to quash the FIR against him and denied him relief against his arrest.
Subsequently,CBI filed an application before the special CBI court here to declare him a proclaimed offender.
The agency also summoned and examined former DGP,K R Kaushik,who was Ahmedabad police commissioner when the encounter took place near the city.