Cop who probed Ishrat Jshan case in trouble over travel

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 00:25 IST
A file photo of demonstrators holding a candlelight vigil for Ishrat Jahan.

Senior IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma who probed the controversial Ishrat Jehan encounter could be in trouble again.

The government has initiated proceedings against the outspoken police officer for unauthorised travel out of Shillong where he was posted as the chief vigilance officer of the North Eastern Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO).

A 1986-batch IPS officer, Verma had filed an affidavit in the Gujarat high court in 2011 that Ishrat Jehan was killed in a fake encounter in June 2004 along with three men believed to be linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani terror group.

Soon after the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014, it accepted Verma’s pending request for central deputation and appointed him as chief vigilance officer of the power corporation in the northeast.

Government sources said that last week the home ministry had issued a show-cause notice to Verma on the power ministry’s report that he travelled to Gujarat and other places without approval from the corporation’s chairman.

Verma — who was earlier accused by a former home ministry officer RVS Mani of torturing him — had recently spoken out on the controversial encounter again, insisting that the 21-year-old’s killing was a premeditated murder.

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