Gujarat High Court declines to give copy of Ishrat Jahan chargesheet to IPS officer Satish Verma


The Gujarat High Court on Friday declined to provide a copy of the first chargesheet filed in the Ishrat Jahan’s alleged fake encounter case to IPS officer Satish Verma.

Sharma was part of the team that investigated the alleged fake encounter of 2004.

The federal investigating agency probing the high-profile case, according to PTI, had appealed against a recent order of a special CBI court directing the agency to give a copy of the document to Verma.

Ishrat Jahan
Ishrat Jahan

Quashing the lower court’s order, not only did Justice B N Karia allowe CBI’s criminal revision application but also observed that the special CBI court had committed an error in allowing the prayer made by Verma.

Seeking a stay on the special court’s order, the CBI had argued that Verma did not have a locus standi to seek the copy adding that Verma had sought the copy only three months agao when the chargesheet was filed three years ago.

The first charge sheet was filed in July 2013 and it named seven police officers, including IPS officers P P Pandey, D G Vanzara and G L Singhal. In the document, The CBI had termed the encounter as “fake” in the document.

The second chargesheet was filed in February 2014,when the CBI named Special Director of IB Rajendra Kumar and booked him under IPC Sections related to murder, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, wrongful confinement and also Arms Act.

The central agency also  charged three other IB officers – P Mittal, M K Sinha and Rajiv Wankhede.

However, CBI has not yet obtained permission of the Union Law Ministry to prosecute the four IB officers.

The 19-year-old Ishrat was murdered with three others namely Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar in an encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on 15 June, 2004.

Gujarat Police had then claimed the four had links with Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba and were on a mission to kill the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.