A CBI court today dropped the proceedings against retired Gujarat police officers DG Vanzara and NK Amin in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. Special judge JK Pandya pronounced the judgment, saying that the probe agency couldn’t get the required sanction to prosecute the officers.
“Both the central and state governments consider it as a discharge of duty. Based on this the CBI court in Ahmedabad has discharged Vanzara and Amin,” CBI’s counsel RC Kodekar said. “After physical and mental ordeal of years, including eight years in jail, finally it has been accepted that we were on discharging our duty,” NK Amin said after the verdict
Under section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the government’s sanction is necessary for the prosecution of a public servant for an act done as part of the official duty.
Ishrat, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed by Gujarat police in an alleged fake encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. The police had claimed they were terrorists and come to Gujarat to kill then chief minister Narendra Modi.