Ahmedabad: A particular Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) courtroom in Ahmedabad on Wednesday discharged three cops accused within the 2004 Ishrat Jahan alleged pretend encounter case. The ruling by courtroom got here days after three police officers — IPS officer GL Singhal, retired police officer Tarun Barot, and Anaju Chaudhari — filed the discharge purposes on March 20.
Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year-old lady from Mumbra close to Mumbai, was killed together with Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar by Gujarat police in an ‘encounter’ close to Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.
The police had claimed the 4 had been terrorists who had been planning to assassinate the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Nevertheless, a Particular Investigation Group (SIT) appointed by Excessive Court docket concluded that the encounter was pretend, after which the CBI registered a case in opposition to varied police officers.
On Wednesday, a Particular CBI choose V R Raval allowed the discharge purposes of Singhal, Barot (now retired) and Chaudhary.
“The CBI has not talked about something particular in opposition to the sanction order (by which the Gujarat authorities declined sanction to prosecute the three accused) which additionally results in consider the act of candidates/accused was in discharge of official duties,” the courtroom noticed.
Inspector Normal of Police Singhal, retired law enforcement officials Barot and J G Parmar, and Chaudhary had filed purposes earlier than the courtroom in search of dropping of proceedings for need of the requisite sanction to prosecute them.
Nevertheless, Parmar died in the course of the course of listening to within the case.
The CBI courtroom additional identified that there’s nothing on report, even prima facie, to recommend that the victims weren’t terrorists and mentioned that the IB inputs weren’t real.
The courtroom on Wednesday discharged Singhal, Chaudhary and Barot from offences below IPC Sections 120-B (legal conspiracy), 341, 342, 343 (all for wrongful restraint), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to restrict particular person), 368 (wrongfully concealing or retaining in confinement, kidnapped or kidnapped particular person), 302 (homicide) and 201 (inflicting disappearance of proof of offence).
They had been additionally discharged below sections 25(1)(e) and 27 of the Indian Arms Act.