CBI’s chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan case,filed today,claims that the college student and three others were in the custody of the Gujarat police prior to their killing in a fake encounter.
Chief Investigating Officer,Deputy Superintendent of CBI G Kalaimani,who submitted the first chargesheet today,states that alleged Pakistani national Zeeshan Johar,one of those slain along with Ishrat,was in the illegal custody of Gujarat police for almost three months.
“Zeeshan Johar was brought to Ahmedabad,with the co-operation of two informers of Rajendra Kumar,then chief of Gujarat Subsidiary IB,in the month of April 2004,” states the chargesheet filed today before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate and CBI judge H S Khutwad.
To bring Zeeshan to Ahmedabad,Rajendra Kumar used his alleged informants – Ovais and Asad – and he was kept in an apartment at Gota Housing colony in the city.
Ishrat Jahan and Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai,who were allegedly summoned by SIB Gujarat officer,travelled in a blue Indica car and reached Vasad toll-booth in Anand district on June 12. There,they were taken into custody by N K Amin and Tarun Barot,CBI says.
“To take them in custody,the two Gujarat cops were helped by State Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) officers M K Sinha and Rajeev Wankhede,” it adds.
The chargesheet further says both Ishrat and Javed were later brought to the Khodiyar farm house,owned by K S Desai,on S G Highway on outer periphery of the city,where two of Tarun Barot’s subordinates were asked to keep a tight watch.
Both Ishrat and Javed were visited and interrogated more than once by Rajendra Kumar and D G Vanzara.
In the same way,Amjad Ali Rana,another alleged Pakistani national who was killed with Ishrat and others,was brought to the city in May,and was kept at Arham Farm house near Gandhinagar.
On June 15,2004,all the four were brought blindfolded to a spot near Kotarpur Water Works on the northern outskirts of the city,where the fake encounter took place.
Incidently,Bharat Patel is the only police officer who was arrested in the case,but not mentioned in the list of accused in the charge sheet.
Patel got default bail a few weeks ago when CBI failed to file chargesheet within 90 days of his arrest.