Ishrat: HC directs CBI to focus on investigation

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 13:55 hrs

The Gujarat High Court on Friday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to focus on proper investigation instead of probing the genuineness of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) data in connection with the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

The court has ordered the CBI to file a chargesheet in the case by the second week of July.

The next hearing of the case will take place on June 18, where the court might decide whether IPS officer Satish Verma will continue assisting the agency in the investigation, as demanded by the CBI.

The CBI earlier said that a senior official of the IB was involved in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

Rajinder Kumar, who is scheduled to retire next month as a Special Director at the IB, reportedly told CBI that the IB alert was genuine to the best of his knowledge, and that he was not involved in the encounter.

The CBI is probing whether an AK-47 that was found at the site of the killing of the 19-year-old college student may have been supplied by Kumar, who was a Joint Director then.

Ishrat was gunned down by the Gujarat Police along with Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani in Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

The Gujarat Police had claimed that the four were on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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