Ishrat case: CBI can keep Satish Verma till May 10

On a plea by CBI that it required Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Satish Verma’s assistance in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case till June 30 since the case was at a crucial stage,the Gujarat High Court on Monday allowed the probe agency to use officer’s services till May 10.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: April 30, 2013 5:36:26 am

On a plea by CBI that it required Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Satish Verma’s assistance in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case till June 30 since the case was at a crucial stage,the Gujarat High Court on Monday allowed the probe agency to use officer’s services till May 10.

The CBI argued that Verma’s assistance was required “immensely” in the case in which one IPS officer was absconding and names of one or two more IPS officers were coming up during the investigation.

The court said a further decision would be taken after going through the comprehensive status report to be submitted by CBI on May 9.

CBI has been investigating the case on HC orders,which came after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the HC unanimously concluded that the encounter was “not genuine”.

CBI has made several arrests in the case,including that of suspended IPS officer G L Singhal.

HC is supervising the case probe. During the last hearing,it had said Verma could assist the CBI in the case till April 30. The agency had subsequently asked for further extension.

On Monday,CBI counsels Yogesh Ravani and Ejaz Khan told the court the case had reached a crucial stage and they were getting vital evidence every day. “If he is taken out (of the investigation),it would cause irreparable damage to the investigation,” Khan said.

Public Prosecutor Prakash Jani,who appeared on behalf of the state government,strongly objected to the demand. “It is regrettable that the premier investigation agency of the country,which has outstanding officers,is saying they cannot do investigation without one officer,” Jani said.

He argued that the state government had spared Verma for this case to CBI since July 2012 and he was needed in the state cadre now due to paucity of IPS officers.

To this,the court said it had seen the status report filed by CBI which showed concrete work.

CBI revises plea for ADGP’s arrest

Meanwhile,the CBI today filed a revised petition before a special CBI sessions court requesting an arrest warrant against additional director general of police P P Pandey in the case. The court is likely to issue an order on Tuesday. CBI had filed a similar application earlier but it was rejected. CBI has argued that the police officer has ducked its two summons in connection with Ishrat Jahan and other encounter cases.

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