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Ishrat Jahan encounter case: CBI court discharges last three accused police officials

Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were killed in an alleged fake encounter by the police in June 2004.

March 31, 2021 / 03:08 PM IST
File image of the CBI headquarters

File image of the CBI headquarters

A special CBI court in Ahmedabad on March 31 discharged the last three police officials accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

The CBI court dropped the proceedings against IPS officer GL Singhal, retired police officer Tarun Barot, and Anaju Chaudhari.

"It is clear that the act which is alleged to have been done by the accused was in discharge of their duties or purported to be in discharge of their duties," the court noted, as quoted by legal news website LiveLaw.

"Number of anti-national & terrorist activates were spread all over India, more particularly in Gujarat. Being high rank police officers, it was their duty to take necessary steps. There is no question of any fake encounter on part of any such police officer," the court said.