In a significant development, the Gujarat High Court on Friday
directed the state government to submit a list of police officers of
the rank of Additional Director Generals (ADG) to explore the
possibility of setting up a three-member committee for a fresh
investigation into the killing of Ishrat Jahan.
Shamina Kausar, mother of the 19-year
old girl who was killed along with three others in an encounter by
police had alleged that Ishrat was killed in a fake encounter by the
Detention of Crime Branch (DCB) of Ahmedabad police in June, 2004.
Justice Kalpesh Jhaveri on Friday asked the State government to
furnish a list of senior most additional DGP-level officials to the
court and subsequently the court will pick up the three officials to
form a team to investigate the case. The court, after hearing the
petition filed by Shamina, has asked the State to provide the list
of police officials by August 12.
Shamina, in her petition, has sought CBI investigation into the
case. She had also demanded compensation for killing of her daughter
in an alleged fake encounter case. This is a second case after
Sohrabuddin encounter case, in which the court has ordered
investigation into the veracity of encounter carried out by the
Gujarat police, advocate Mukul Sinha representing Shamina Jahan
Ishrat, travelling with Javed and two
others in an Indica car with a Maharashtra registration number, was
gunned down at Kotarpur near Indira Bridge on the
D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian and
Narendra Amin were among the officers involved in the encounter.
The three are, at present, lodged in
the Sabarmati Central Jail for their involvement in the Sohrabuddin
Shaikh fake encounter case and the subsequent murder of his wife,