Monday, September 23, 2013

Ishrat encounter: CBI likely to grill Narendra Modi’s man Amit Shah

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013,

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to question Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP\'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi\'s close aide Amit Shah on Tuesday in connection with the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

According to reports, Shah, who is also BJP\'s general secretary and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, is likely to be quizzed by the CBI in view of claims made by jailed IPS officer DG Vanzara that the Gujarat government was \"inspiring, guiding and monitoring\" every police action from \"very close quarters\".

Vanzara was suspended last week after he hit out at Modi government for failing to protect the jailed police officers with regard to fake encounter cases mentioned in his resignation letter.

The CBI had grilled Gujarat Minister of State for Law Pradeepsinh Jadeja in connection with the Ishrat encounter case.

It had also sent a notice to state Advocate General (A-G) Kamal Trivedi and former minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, asking them to appear before it.

CBI has named Singhal, Vanzara, suspended IPS officers P P Pandey and Tarun Barot, N K Amin, retired DSP J G Parmar and commando Anaju Chaudhary in the charge sheet, accusing them of murder and criminal conspiracy with regard to the encounter killing of 19-year-old Ishrat, Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in June 2004.

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