Ahmedabad: Following the Gujarat High Court order, the city crime branch on Saturday accepted a complaint filed in connection with Sadiq Jamal Mehtar encounter case by his brother Shabbir Mehtar.

The police have assured Shabbir that an FIR will be registered in this connection once the copy of the court order is received by them. The High Court on June 16 had ordered a CBI probe into the 2003 police encounter of Sadiq involving high rank police officials.

"The court in its order dated June 16 had directed the city crime branch to register an FIR and hand over the case to CBI for investigation," Mukul Sinha, a lawyer of Shabbir Jamal
Mehtar told newsmen.

The order was passed by Justice M R Shah while hearing a petition filed by Shabbir demanding CBI inquiry into death of his brother. "As per the court order, CBI has to complete the probe within six months from the date of handover of case," Sinha said.

"Shabbir Jamal Mehtar, brother of Sadiq had gone to register the FIR on Saturday at the city crime branch, but the police declined to register the FIR on the grounds that they have not received a copy of the High Court order yet," Sinha said.

The court found Shabbir's contention that Sadiq was killed by high ranking Gujarat police officers in a fake encounter 'reasonable', considering that probe was on against the police officers in three other encounter cases.

New SIT head in Ishrat case

Meanwhile, in Ishrat Jahan encounter case, Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Satyapal Singh on Saturday took charge of the special investigation team (SIT) appointed by Gujarat High Court to probe the killing.

Singh, who had earlier in a letter to the Gujarat High Court had expressed reluctance to accept the post, changed his mind and formally took over the SIT post, officials sources said.

In a letter written to the Gujarat HC last week, Singh, who was posted as ADGP (Law & Order), had said Maharashtra government was reluctant to relieve him for heading the probe into Ishrat's killing.

After taking over the charge at the SIT office in Shahibhaug area of the city, Singh told reporters that "earlier the situation was different. Now, I have been relieved and I have taken charge".

A division bench of Justice Jayant Patel and Justice Abhilasha Kumari had appointed Singh as head of the special investigation team (SIT) on May 12.

Ishrat, along with Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, was killed in a police encounter on June 15, 2004.

After the encounter, city crime branch had claimed that the deceased were LET terrorists who had come to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

JPN/Agencies