June 15, 2004
: Ishrat Jahan and three others killed in a police encounter in the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad police termed them as members of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyeba on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
: Ahmedabad metropolitan magistrate SP Tamang calls the encounter fake. Magistrate Tamang conducted magesterial inquiry based on medical and forensic reports and evidence. He recommended lodging of fresh FIT against 22 cops including former police commissioner of Ahmedabad KR Kaushik.
: Gujarat HC asks Supreme Court-appointed SIT headed by former CBI director RK Raghavan (investigating the Gujarat riots) to take up the case.
: The HC constitutes a new SIT after Raghavan-headed SIT expressed its inability to undertake the probe. The three members SIT was headed by IPS Karnail Singh while two Gujarat cadre officers: Mohan Jha and Satish Varma were other members.
: The Supreme Court rejects the Gujarat government’s plea challenging the HC order to form the new SIT.
: Three-member SIT begins investigation in the case and starts recording statements of the witnesses, police officials involved.
: SIT member Satish Verma files affidavit stating that the encounter was a fake one. He stated in the affidavit that the four persons killed in the encounter were already in the custody of the Gujarat police. He recommended lodging of fresh FIR in the case. He also accused other two members of not allowing the probe to be done in an unbiased manner.
: Gujarat HC division bench warns the state authorities that the court will hand over the probe to central agencies like CBI or NIA if the state does not allow SIT to probe without hindrance.
: A 1978 batch Bihar cadre IPS officer currently serving on central deputation Rajiv Ranjan Verma appointed as new chairman of the SIT probing the controversial encounter case.
: SIT headed by Rajiv Ranjan Verma, a Bihar cadre IPS officer currently serving central deputation, told the court that the encounter was staged. The Gujarat HC division bench consisting justice DN Patel and justice Abhilasha Kumari ordered a fresh FIR under IPC 302 against those involved in executing the encounter.
: Gujarat high court orders CBI probe in the case after the SIT concluded that the encounter was staged shootout. The court indicted Gujarat police for “trust deficit” and asked the SIT chief RR Verma to be complainant in the fresh FIR to be lodged with the CBI.