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Ishrat case: accused police officers get chargesheet copies

PTI  Ahmedabad, July 15, 2013
First Published: 21:44 IST(15/7/2013) | Last Updated: 22:29 IST(15/7/2013)

Four police officers, accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, were on Tuesday given copies of the chargesheet filed by CBI earlier in July.

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The central agency, probing the 2004 episode, filed its first chargesheet on July 3 before a special CBI court here against seven police officers, some of them from IPS.

Suspended IPS officer GL Singhal, retired DSP JG Parmar, Mehsana DySP Tarun Barot and Police Commando Anaju Chaudhary were present with their lawyers in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate BG Joshi to get their respective copies.

The next hearing in the case is on July 23.

According to CBI, Ishrat, a Mumbai-based college girl, her friend Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai and two Pakistani nationals Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in a fake encounter, which was a joint operation between Gujarat Police and IB, near here on June 15, 2004.

Besides the four, three more police officers have been named as accused in the case. Suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara, who is unwell, was given the charge sheet copy through his lawyer VD Gajjar last Monday.

Additional Director General of Police PP Pandey has been declared proclaimed absconder by the court.

Another accused, NK Amin, also named in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, was not present in the court today and the charge sheet copy was given to his lawyer.

At the time of encounter, Gujarat Police had claimed the four were Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives on a mission to assassinate Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

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