Petition in Guj HC seeking review of Ishrat order

The petition was filed by Gopinath Pillai,father of Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai.

Written by Agencies | Ahmedabad | Published: August 20, 2010 7:24:16 pm

A petition was filed in Gujarat High Court on Friday seeking review of its order of transferring the investigation in Ishrat Jahan encounter case to Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing some of the 2002 riot cases.

The petition was filed by Gopinath Pillai,father of Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai,who was one of the three persons killed in police encounter along with Ishrat in June 2004.

A division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari had on August 12 ordered transfer of probe in the encounter of Ishrat and three others to the Supreme Court-appointed SIT.

They had also rejected plea of Gopinath and Ishrat’s mother Shamima Kausar,for CBI inquiry in the case.

In the petition,Gopinath has sought review of court’s order of August 12 and demanded CBI inquiry in the case.

In its order last week,the court had observed that there was no material on record to conclude that the encounter was with malafide intentions and,therefore,the plea for a CBI inquiry by the mother of the girl was not granted.

But it agreed that the probe done by the previous police officers was not satisfactory and the genuineness of the encounter deserved further investigation and transferred the case to SIT to ‘instill confidence and credibility in the investigations.’

Mumbai-based Ishrat was killed in an encounter along with Javed Ghulam Sheikh,Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani by crime branch officials near Ahmedabad on June 15,2004.

The Gujarat police at the time of encounter claimed that Ishrat and three others were LeT operatives on a mission to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

According to police,the encounter was carried out based on specific inputs from the Central Intelligence that Lashkar-e-Toiba was planning to carry out attacks on various parts of India including Gujarat.

The Centre,in an affidavit filed in the apex court with regard to Ishrat and three others,had said that they were LeT operative and Javed was in regular touch with LeT operatives particularly to carry out terrorist action in Gujarat.

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