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Vanzara claims Modi interrogated in Ishrat Jahan case

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

In a sensational claim, D G Vanzara, a former and an accused in the Ishrat alleged fake encounter case, said today that was secretly interrogated by the investigating

In his discharge application filed in the special here, said Modi, then the of Gujarat, was interrogated, but "such material was not placed on record of this case."

This proves that "the entire material on record of this case is nothing but a false story", he said.

"The fact also remains that the then CM and present Shri was also called by the IO and was interrogated. However, such material is not placed on record of this case.

"But the fact remains that it was the intention on part of the then investigating team, which included one Mr Satish Verma, IPS, was anyhow on mission so as to reach the then CM of the state and to rope him in as the accused in this case, and for that purpose the story of the whole charge sheet is concocted and created," said in his application.

"Therefore the entire material on record of this case is nothing but a false and got up story, but is not the prosecutable evidence against the present applicant," said.

The special CBI J K Pandya issued a notice to the CBI, seeking its response by March 28 to Vanzara's plea seeking discharge.

also pleaded parity as a ground, since former in-charge DGP of P P Pandey, a co-accused, was discharged by the same court three weeks ago.

Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year-old girl from Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, and were killed in an alleged staged encounter with police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

The police had claimed the four had links with terrorist organisations, and wanted to kill

But a special investigating team set up by the High Court concluded that it was a fake encounter. The HC then transferred the case to the CBI.

was part of the SIT, and also assisted the CBI in its probe later.

In the first charge sheet filed in 2013, the CBI had named seven officers including IPS officers Pandey, Vanzara and G L Singhal for kidnapping, murder and conspiracy.

The CBI also named four officials, including IB's the then and officer M S Sinha, in a supplementary charge sheet. The sanction for their prosecution from the Centre is still awaited.

Vanzara, a former deputy general of police, was last year discharged in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter cases.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 21:40 IST