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Ishrat case: I never fired from my gun, says accused ex-cop

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A special court in

today concluded the hearing on the discharge application of former police N in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.

"I never fired from gun," said Amin, who argued in person before CBI J Pandya.

Testimonies of witnesses produced by the CBI, which investigated the case, were not reliable, as some of them were accused-turned-prosecution witnesses, he said.

Satish Verma, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer, who assisted the CBI in the investigation, "tampered with the evidence," alleged.

The agency had said in the chargesheet that fired five rounds at Ishrat and four others during the alleged fake encounter.

Amin also sought relief on the ground of parity, as former in-charge DGP of P P Pandey, a former accused in the case, has been granted discharge by the court.

The maintained that it had sufficient evidence against Amin as well as retired D G Vanzara, another accused whose discharge plea is pending.

Amin, who retired in August 2016, was given extension by the He was later forced to resign on the direction of the after a petition challenged his and co-accused Tarun Barot's re-induction into the force.

The court will hear Vanzara's discharge plea on June 5.

Ishrat, a 19-year-old college girl from Mumbra near Mumbai, her friend Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh, Amzad and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an alleged fake encounter by the police on the outskirts of the city in June 2004.

The police had claimed that they were terrorists affiliated to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The first chargesheet filed by the CBI named seven policemen -- Amin, Barot, Pandey, Vanzara, J G Parmar, M Vaghela and G L Singhal -- for carrying out a fake encounter.

While Pandey was discharged, all others are out on bail.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:40 IST