Ishrat Jahan case: Modhwadia praises Gujarat cadre IPS officer Satish Verma

Ahmedabad, June 29 (ANI): Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia on Saturday praised Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Satish Verma for bringing out the truth in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

Modhwadia said that Satish Verma, who was a member of the Special Investigation Team formed on the directions of the Gujarat High Court, had conducted an in-depth investigation and submitted reports and the High Court had found them correct.

"The CBI will file the chargesheet, but the entire investigation followed the orders of the Gujarat High Court. The Gujarat High Court formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) the chairman of which was an IG-level officer appointed by the Government of India. Six officers also changed (during the probe). The other two officers were of the Gujarat cadre-Mohan Jha and Satish Verma. The chairman and the other member were of different opinion, but Satish Verma conduced an in-depth investigation and submitted six reports," said Modhwadia.

"The High Court found that his reports are correct and later issued direction to the CBI to further investigate the case. The High Court also gave the direction that Satish Verma would assist them in the probe. The entire investigation has been done by Gujarat police official Satish Verma and I congratulate him for bringing the truth to the fore despite all pressures," he added.

The Gujarat High Court had earlier directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete its probe into the police encounter deaths of college student Ishrat Jahan and three others by July 4 and file a final report.

The court also told the CBI to file the chargesheet at the earliest so that no more accused can get out on default bail, while a top official of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) was interrogated for his role in the alleged fake encounter killing.

The court asked the CBI to focus on the conspiracy involving the custody of the deceased, the encounter and the persons involved in the alleged conspiracy and the alleged fake gunfight in which the four persons were killed.

The court also allowed CBI's plea seeking that Gujarat cadre IPS officer Satish Verma, who has been assisting the CBI in the investigation, be dropped from the probe team from June 23.

The CBI earlier this month grilled Intelligence Bureau (IB) Special Director Rajender Kumar at an unknown location in Gandhinagar in connection with his role in the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others by Ahmedabad police.

The CBI, which is investigating the case on the directive of the Gujarat High Court, wants to charge the then Ahmedabad IB station chief Rajender Kumar for conspiracy to murder.

Nineteen-year-old Ishrat was killed along with three others on June 15, 2004 allegedly by a team of Crime Branch officials on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

The Crime Branch had then claimed that the four were LeT members and were on a mission to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

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