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Ishrat Jahan Fake Encounter Case


It took more than nine years: from June 15, 2004 to July 3, 2013

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June 15, 2004: Ishrat Jahan and three others were allegedly killed in a police encounter in the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad police claimed that they were militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

September 2009: Ahmedabad metropolitan magistrate SP Tamang indicted the policemen calling the encounter fake in his report.

August 2010: The Gujarat High Court asked the Supreme Court-appointed SIT headed by former CBI director RK Raghavan (investigating the Gujarat riots) to take up the case.

September 2010: The Gujarat HC constituted a new SIT— headed by one IPS officer from outside Gujarat and two Gujarat cadre officers Mohan Jha and Satish Verma —to probe the encounter after the R.K. Raghavan-headed SIT expressed its inability to undertake the probe. 

December 2010: The three-member SIT began investigation in the case.

January 28, 2011: SIT member Satish Varma filed an affidavit stating that the encounter was a fake one. He also accused other two members of not allowing the probe to be done in an unbiased manner.

April 8, 2011: The Gujarat HC warned the state authorities that it would hand over the probe to central agencies like CBI or NIA if the state did not allow SIT to probe without hindrance.

November 21, 2011 The SIT concluded that the encounter was fake and High Court ordered that an FIR be lodged charging the policemen with murder.

December 12, 2011: Gujarat High Court hands over the probe to CBI

February 21 2013: Senior IPS officer GL Singhal is arrested.

April 4 2013: N.K. Amin arrested

May 2013: CBI court issued an arrest warrant against Gujarat ADG P.P. Pandey.

June 2013: CBI removed Verma from probe team, summoned IB Special Director Rajendra Kumar.

June 28: Union Home Ministry refused to sanction Rajendra Kumar's prosecution.

July 3, 2013: CBI files Charge Sheet at the Special CBI Court in Ahmedabad

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