Narendra K Amin, one of the key accused policemen in the fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauser Bi and Ishrat Jahan, who has been under suspension for nearly eight years, was brought back into the police by the Gujarat government on Friday. A notification issued by the home department stated that Amin will be posted in State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB), Gandhinagar, as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP).
Amin was arrested by the CID (Crime) on June 6, 2007, and his name emerged as a key accused, along with his senior officers, including D G Vanzara (retired IPS), IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian, Dinesh M N, Rajasthan cadre IPS, among others, who were posted in Anti-terrorist Squad (ATs). The CBI chargesheet claims that Amin was involved in the conspiracy to eliminate Kauser Bi, who was killed since she was an eyewitness of her husband’s killing in November 2005.
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Amin has also sought three promotions from the government through his letter, seeking reinstatement after he was released on bail. He had sought three promotions on the lines of co-accused Dinesh M N, who was given triple promotion by the Rajasthan government earlier this year. However, the state government’s notification merely states that Amin has been reinstated.
The chargesheet narrates Amin’s role as, “…Dr NK Amin was not posted in ATS, but was a part of the conspiracy, was in constant touch with accused no 1, 2 (Vanzara and Pandian) and then minister of state Amit Shah (accused number 16). He made/received as many as 25 calls from Amit Shah during the period. “ Shah was discharged from the case by the Mumbai special CBI court in December last year.
Amin, a doctor-turned-policeman, has courted controversy since his arrest. He sought the arraignment of several policemen, including IPS officer Geetha Johri. He went on to file a complaint against policemen Nathuba Jadeja and V A Rathod for making them accused in the case for being part of the accused police team. His application was allowed and Rathod was made an accused.
While he remained in jail, his name cropped up in Ishrat Jahan encounter case and he was arrested days after he was released on bail in Sohrabuddin encounter case in 2013. In April this year, Amin was released on bail in Ishrat encounter case on the ground of merit of the CBI case, delay in trial and also on the ground of his ill health.
In Ishrat Jahan case, investigating agency CBI revealed that Amin was among the accused policemen who fired from his service revolver at Ishrat Jahan, her friend Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai and two Pakistani nationals — Zeeshan Johar and Amjadali Rana — in the stage-managed encounter in 2004.