A vacation bench of the Gujarat High Court on Monday reserved its order on a petition moved by the CBI challenging the order of a special court that allowed a copy of the chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case to its former investigator IPS officer Satish Verma.
Justice B N Karia reserved the verdict after conclusion of the argument by the CBI and Verma’s lawyer Rahul Sharma. The agency had moved the special CBI court for a stay on its order which was allowed. The had CBI argued that while passing the order the court didn’t hear it, besides Verma has no locus standi to avail the copy.
During the argument, CBI special prosecutor R C Kodekar said that the first chargesheet was filed three years ago, while Verma sought the copy only three months ago. Therefore, Kodekar argued, Verma should have told the court under what circumstances he is seeking the copy.
On the other hand, Verma’s lawyer argued that the CBI’s submission that there is a delay of three years in seeking the chargesheet is irrelevant and any private person can seek such court papers. Verma sought the chargesheet stating he was one of the members of the Gujarat High Court appointed-SIT which first investigated the case, and later also assisted the CBI investigation.