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SIT Submits Report on Ishrat Jahan Case to Gujarat HC

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New Delhi: The Special Investigation Team probing the alleged police encounter killing of Mumbai teenager Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004 on Wednesday submitted its progress report to the Gujarat High Court, premier news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) reported citing officials.

The report was submitted following directions from a division bench of justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari which during the last hearing on September 10 had asked the three-member panel, headed by IPS officer RR Verma, to submit its final report by Wednesday.

The next hearing in the matter is slated for Friday. “We have submitted our progress report in the case to the High Court,” an official associated with the SIT said in Ahmedabad.

During the September 10 hearing, the high court had given about a month’s time to SIT to complete investigations and submit the final report determining whether the encounter was fake or genuine.

IPS officers Mohan Jha and Satish Verma are the two other member of the team.

Ishrat, 19, Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were allegedly killed in a police encounter in Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

Ahmedabad Crime Branch had then claimed the deceased were members of LeT who had come to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The probe in the case is being supervised directly by the high court, which constituted the SIT last year to investigate genuineness of the encounter after petitions were filed by Ishrat’s mother Shamima Kausar and Gopinath Pillai, father of Pranesh, in this regard.

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