The CBI court observed that there was no evidence on record to prove that Ishrat Jahan and others who were killed in the encounter were not terrorists.
The Central Bureau of Investigation Special Court in Ahmedabad has discharged three police personnel in the case pertaining to the June 2004 encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others.
The CBI court observed that there was no evidence on record to prove that Ishrat Jahan and others killed in the encounter were not terrorists and ruled in favour of IPS office GL Singhal, retired police officers Tarun Barot and Anaju Chaudhari.
The trio had filed discharge applications after the Gujarat government refused to grant the sanction to the CBI to prosecute them.
The CBI had arrested Singhal, then ACP of the Ahmedabad crime branch, in 2013 and charged him as the main accused in the extrajudicial killing. The agency had also accused Chaudhari of firing ten rounds from his service revolver on Singhal's direction.
Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad by the city's Detection of Crime Branch. The DCB had then claimed that all four deceased were operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba who were plotting to eliminate then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Last Updated Mar 31, 2021, 1:25 PM IST