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Vanzara's role clear in Ishrat encounter: court

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A special court here has said that former D G Vanzara's role was "clear and greater" than that of former DGP P P Pandey in the case.

Pandey has been discharged in the case by the same court.

Special Pandya also said that another accused, N Amin, who had also filed a discharge application, was present at the spot during the encounter.

The court yesterday rejected discharge pleas of both and Amin. The detailed order copy became available today.

"From the statements of police constable, and police (who were made witnesses by the CBI), it appears that the role of accused No 3 (Vanzara) is clear and greater than accused No 2 (Pandey)," the court said.

had sought discharge on the ground of parity with Pandey.

On Amin, the court said, "It is clear that accused No 5 N Amin had intercepted and apprehended and Javed from Vasad Toll Booth on June 12, 2004, and during encounter he was present at the scene of incident."

The court also said that it is important to seek clarity regarding sanction for prosecution against these two retired officers as they were "on official duty" when the alleged staged encounter took place.

"The is directed to either obtain sanction for prosecution from the concerned authority or declare in writing the legal position with regard to sanction... so that further trial can be held," it said.

Vanzara, a former deputy general of police in Gujarat, had sought discharge on the ground of parity with the state's former in-charge of Police P P Pandey, who was discharged in the case in February for want of evidence.

Amin, who retired as the of police, sought discharge stating that the encounter was genuine and testimonies of witnesses produced by the CBI were not reliable.

CBI and Ishrat's mother had opposed their discharge pleas.

Jahan, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra area of district near and three others -- Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, and -- were killed by the police in an "encounter" on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

Police had claimed that the four had terror links and had plotted to kill then

A CBI probe held that the encounter was fake.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 22:30 IST