A senior police officer named in magistrate SP Tamang's report which had stated that the encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004 was fake, on Friday told the Gujarat High court that he is ready to face a CBI enquiry.
Nirupam Nanavati, the lawyer representing police officer GL Singhal, told the division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari that his client is ready to face a CBI enquiry in the case, but he is opposed to observations made by Tamang in his report.
Singhal, presently SP in the state Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), who has been named in Tamang's report, has sought quashing of the report contending that it was beyond the magistrate's jurisdiction.
The state on the other hand has opposed CBI enquiry in the case contending that there was already a Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by a single Judge of the High Court last year to probe the encounter.
Nanavati said they had no preference as far as the investigating agency was concerned.
"The magistrate had no authority under the law to conduct the enquiry which was beyond his jurisdiction," he further submitted.