The mother of alleged fake encounter victim Ishrat Jahan on Tuesday filed an objection petition against the discharge pleas of two retired police officers accused of killing her daughter. Shamima Kauser submitted her petition against DG Vanzara and NK Amin in a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Ahmedabad, PTI reported.
Kauser said there was “clinching evidence” against the two officers. In April, the Central Bureau of Investigation also opposed the discharge pleas.
CBI judge JK Pandya said he would continue to hear objections raised by Kauser. Through her lawyer PI Parvez, Kauser said the evidence showed that the officers were present at the site where Jahan and three others were shot dead in Ahmedabad in 2004. Kauser alleged that the two officers were constantly communicating with other officers named in the case.
In June 2004, Jahan and three others were killed in an alleged encounter with security forces on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The Gujarat Police claims that the four had links with terrorist groups and were conspiring to kill Narendra Modi, who was Gujarat’s chief minister at the time. However, a special investigation team set up by the High Court concluded that the encounters were fake. After this, the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Vanzara, who was the deputy inspector general of Ahmedabad Crime Branch, has argued that the CBI chargesheet is “concocted and politically motivated” and claimed that there is “no prosecutable material” against him. He pleaded for parity after former Gujarat Director General of Police PP Pandey was discharged in February. Pandey is the only accused among the seven police personnel and four Intelligence Bureau officials to have been discharged.
Amin has accused the CBI of not following legal procedures while turning few of the accused approvers in the case. Amin was a superintendent of police at the time of the alleged incident. He was then reporting to Vanzara. Amin has claimed there is no evidence that he had fired his service revolver, reported The Indian Express. He has also asked the court to discharge him as the four accused Intelligence Bureau officers were never arrested.