A special CBI court on Monday reserved its order on the bail application moved by the lone accused left behind bars in connection with the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter. The court is likely to pronounce the order on April 27.
The bail has been sought by suspended DSP N K Amin, who is accused of firing at Ishrat Jahan and three others. The CBI chargesheet claims that Amin was involved in abducting Ishrat and her friend Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, interrogating them in the illegal custody and firing at Ishrat and others.
Special judge K R Upadhyay, after hearing the arguments of defence and prosecution, reserved the order for pronouncement. The court had granted bail to prime accused, including Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) P P Pandey and retired IPS D G Vanzara, a couple of months back.
Amin has sought bail on several grounds, including parity with all the co-accused who are out on bail, lack of direct evidence and medical ground. Amin is also a key accused in the encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi. In this case, he was granted bail in 2013, but the CBI arrested him again in the Ishrat Jahan case.
On June 15, 2004, a team of Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) had killed Ishrat, Javed and two Pakistani nationals, identified as Amjadali Rana and Zeeshan Johar.
The police had claimed that they were operatives of Lashkar-e-Toiba who wanted to kill top BJP leaders in Gujarat.
Following complaints of the fake encounter, the Gujarat High Court had handed over the investigation to CBI. The probe agency, in its first chargesheet filed in June 2013, claimed that the encounter was a result of joint operation by police and Intelligence Bureau officials. It named seven policemen, including Pandey, Vanzara, IPS officer G L Singhal, retired DSP Tarun Barot and N K Amin, among others.
The CBI filed a second chargesheet in February 2014, naming four officials of IB.