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State protecting suspect cops in Ishrat case: Shamima's lawyer

india Updated: Jul 15, 2010 00:53 IST
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Lawyer of the mother of Ishrat Jahan, the alleged LET operative killed in an encounter with Gujarat police, Wednesday demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident saying they do not have faith in the state police.

I H Sayyed, lawyer of Ishrat's mother Shamima Kausar, on Wednesday submitted before a division bench of Justice Jayant Patel and Justice Abhilasha Kumari, that the state's conduct was biased with regard to investigation into the case.

Ishrat, along with three others, was killed in an encounter by Gujarat police on June 15, 2004.

Gujarat government has, however, maintained Ishrat and three others were terrorists linked to Laskhar e Toiba.

The state government has challenged magistrate S P Tamnag's report which has named officers of the level of Director General of Police (DGP) behind the encounter of Ishrat and three others in June 2004, Sayyed submitted.

The state has said in its petition against Tamang's report that it was beyond the jurisdiction and cannot be relied upon, he added.

He also submitted that bias of the state was evident when it did not file an FIR against police officers after Tamang's report was released.

"The report prima facie discloses a cognizable offence and an FIR should have been filed against the suspects and further probe ordered," Sayyed added.