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HC expresses satisfaction over Ishrat encounter probe

Posted on Mar 16, 06:07PM | UNI

Ahmedabad, Mar 15 :Gujarat High Court today expressed satisfaction over the pace and the direction of the probe conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

A division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari today observed that in past two months, the CBI has made substantive progress in the case.

The probe agency yesterday submitted its progress report in a sealed cover to the high court. The court today conducted hearing on the report. The court ordered the probe agency to submit its further progress report on May 9 and fixed the next hearing on May 10.

Meanwhile, the state government today emphatically argued before the court that senior police officer Satis Verma, who has been with the CBI in the probe, should return to the service of the state government. The court ordered that Mr Verma should remain with the CBI till April 30 and report back to the state government on May 1.

Mumbai college girl Ishrat Jahan and Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai were killed along with two others Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana on June 15, 2004 in an alleged encounter by the city crime branch sleuths near Kotarpur waterworks on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. After the shoot-out, cops dubbed them as Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives out to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.