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Cops Protecting Ishrat Case Accused: Gujarat HC
Gujarat High Court today pulled up the state government saying some of its high-ranking police officers were "protecting, shielding and siding with" the policemen accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

"It has come on record in the present investigation that some of the higher state police officers are protecting, shielding and siding with the police officers who are accused in this case," observed the division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and Abhilashakumari today during the hearing of CBI plea to grant services of IPS officer Satish Verma further till June 30.

The court made this comment after going through the progress report of the investigation in the case carried out by the CBI and which was submitted, in a sealed cover to the court on Thursday.

The bench also questioned the intention of the state government for its objections to spare Verma's services as required by the CBI.

"We fail to understand why the state is opposing the request made by the CBI to spare the services of its IPS officer. Why is that the state government is objecting and obstructing in this? State government should strive to find out whoever the real culprits are and ensure that they get booked at the earliest," the bench observed.

After observing that further truth needs to be unearthed, the court directed the investigative agency to further submit its progress report by June 13. The next hearing in the case has been scheduled on June 14, till which time Verma's services for CBI investigation into this case has been extended.

On June 15, 2004, Isharat Jahan along with Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

At that time Gujarat police had claimed that all the four were terrorists, who entered the city to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

CBI, while requesting the services of Verma be extended till June 30, also revealed that during its probe, apart from accused officer and Addl DGP (Crime) P P Pande, who is still absconding, name of another Gujarat IPS officer has also came up as an accused.

"Alongwith the absconding IPS officer, another name has appeared in our investigation and we need Verma's assistance in tracing and booking them," said CBI lawyer Ejaz Khan.

As efforts of CBI in taking Pande into the custody has failed, on May 2 special CBI court had issued the arrest warrant against him.

Khan also expressed concerns about the pressure and obstructions created against the agency in this probe.

"If you perused the report and case diaries of our investigation, it will reveal that there are certain kind of obstructions and pressures we are facing from the state government and Verma's services are vital, as clues he has given have resulted in breakthroughs," Khan said.

"Conspiracy (for the encounter) was hatched in Gujarat and it has been established in our investigation so far...And now, we have to establish the identity of two of the deceased for which we need to take Verma to the northern parts of the country," he said.

State government has opposed the extension of Verma's services to CBI on the grounds that state can't spare the services of an IPS officer for longer period as state also need his services.

"Suppose accused is not available for 3-5 years. Then should Verma's services continue till that time?" argued Government Pleader Prakash Jani.

However, rejecting this argument, the bench said, "We do appreciate the concerns of the state government, but looking at the more important aspect of confidentiality and secrecy of the investigation, we find it proper to extend Verma's services till June 14, 2013."
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22/D-98
May 14, 2013
08:25 PM

 After gujrat home minister(from parivar) amit shah, rajasthan home minister(from parivar) gulab chand kataria ends up in custody.

There musy be some thing rotten in denmark for this to happen. My money is on the rotten ideology.

Home minister is supposed to be the apex authority for maintaining law and order in a state. If he is rotten what would you expect from the officers of law. There is no need to guess, a bunch of senior officers of law are in dock for their misdeeds from the parivar governed states of gujrat and rajasthan.

kishoredasmunshi, Kolkatta
21/D-8
May 14, 2013
12:17 AM

Prithviraj,

>> Islamists and leftists talking about democracy, equality, and secularism - concepts about which they have absolutely no clue.

These Hindutva fascists have suddenly become guardians of democracy, equality and secularism!!! They want us to forget Golwalkar's words: " To keep up the purity of the Race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races—the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well nigh impossible it is for Races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a good lesson for us in Hindustan to learn and profit by".

Anwaar, Dallas
20/D-166
May 13, 2013
10:29 PM

Ghai,

>>>> Till now you were lamenting and cursing Gujarat Courts.
>> I have criticized them and I have applauded them.

Here is one more occasion to applaud the Gujarat High Court:

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Gujarat-high-court-comes-to-the-rescue-of-a-Muslim-businessman/articleshow/20032407.cms

Anwaar, Dallas
19/D-75
May 13, 2013
02:01 PM

Islamists and leftists talking about democracy, equality, and secularism - concepts about which they have absolutely no clue - is amusing!

Prithviraj, Hyderabad
18/D-28
May 13, 2013
06:56 AM

>> Law acted as a Hitman for underworld.

http://tehelka.com/ghost-of-fake-encounters-comes-back-to-haunt-gujarat/

"From its initial investigation in the Sadiq case, which includes statements from brothers Tariq and Zahid Parveen (Sadiq worked as a domestic help at Tariq’s residence in Dubai), along with a statement from local police officers in Gujarat and Mumbai, the CBI has come to the conclusion that Sadiq was indeed handed over to the Gujarat Police. “It is now clear that Sadiq was not killed because of an underworld connection,” says a CBI official. “He was working for Tariq Parveen, who is the brother-in-law of underworld don Chhota Shakeel. Sadiq had an altercation with the family, and was sent packing to Mumbai. Parveen allegedly asked Daya Nayak to ‘fix him up’ in a case.”

>> Dodgy Intel in Ishrat case

http://tehelka.com/ghost-of-fake-encounters-comes-back-to-haunt-gujarat/2/

"“While investigating, we have come to the conclusion that the IB inputs were concocted. We are in the process of seeking permission to question the officials""

kishoredasmunshi, Kolkatta
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