MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: A CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) court in Mumbai dismissed the discharge pleas of former IPS officers DG Vanzara and NK Amin on Tuesday in the ongoing hearing of Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. The court had previously discharged the former DGP PP Pandey in this case. The Gujarat top cops have been accused of staging an encounter in 2004 where they killed Ishrat Jahan and four others near Kotarpur Water Works. A CBI investigation had taken place and the accused cops were charge-sheeted.

The former IPS officers claimed in their petitions that the whole operation was conducted on the basis of the inputs given to them by the central intelligence bureau. The inputs are given directly to the police commissioner and that even David Headley, who was arrested from the USA, had told that Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist. The former IPS officers pleaded that they acted only upon the inputs and orders given to them and that they too should be discharged from the case.

Judge JK Pandya, who heard the pleas said that the proofs with CBI show the officers’ active involvement in the encounter and that they can’t discharged simply because their peer PP Pandya too was discharged, and thus their petitions were rejected.

The Ahmedabad Crime Branch had in 2004 claimed that those who were killed by their officers were Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists who had come down to Gujarat to assassinate the then chief minister Narendra Modi. The case was handed over to the CBI after a petition in the Gujarat high court and the subsequent investigation by the CBI had come to the conclusion that the crime branch didn’t have any proofs about the five people having any terror links. IPS officers PP Pandey, DG Vanzara, Girish Singhal, Narendra Amin, Tarun Barot and other officers involved in the fake encounter were arrested.

All the officials are out on bail currently. Of them, PP Pandey had filed a discharge petition in the CBI court claiming that though he was the head of the crime branch, he was not a part of the encounter team and was not present at the spot. The court had accepted his arguments and discharged him from the case. This led to DG Vanzara and NK Amin too moving court with similar pleas.

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