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Ishrat case: Judge to hear another victim kin's plea

September 10, 2009 19:06 IST
The petition of Gopinath Pillai, father of one of the four persons killed in 2004 police encounter, was transferred to the judge hearing the Ishrat Jahan case, by the Gujarat High Court on Thursday.

Justice H N Devani, looking into the plea of Javed Gulam Mohammad Shiekh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai demanding Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into killing of his son, said that since similar matter is being heard by Justice Kalpesh Jhaveri, the petition should be transfered to that court.

Justice Jhaveri is hearing a petition by mother of Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year-old college student, who was killed along with Pranesh and two others. The court has also constituted a three-member committee to investigate the matter.

Four persons, including Pranesh and Jahan were killed in an alleged fake encounter on the outskirts of the city on June 15, 2004. The two others were Amjad Ali alias Rajkumar Akbar Ali Rana and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani.

Police had claimed that the four were Lashkar-e-Tayiba operatives on a mission to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Gopinath, in his petition, had demanded that the investigation into the death of his son be transferred to CBI as the officers of present agency probing the case were themselves involved in the alleged fake encounter.

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