Ahmedabad: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case relating to alleged fake encounter of Sadiq Jamal Mehtar in 2003 by Gujarat police, an official statement on the agency' website said.

The case was registered by the Central agency on Saturday after getting directions from the Gujarat High Court.

"The CBI has registered a case relating to the killing of Sadiq Jamal Mehtar in an alleged police encounter by the Gujarat Police, on the directions of High Court of Gujarat in Special Criminal Application no.963/2007, filed by the brother of deceased," the CBI statement said.

"A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted by CBI under a Joint Director and investigation is continuing," the statement added.

The case has been registered against police officials of Gujarat and Maharashtra and others.

On June 16, High Court judge Justice M R Shah had ordered CBI investigation into the Sadiq Jamal encounter with which certain high ranking police officers were associated, including suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara, one of the key accused in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Sadiq was killed in a police encounter by city crime branch officials near Galaxy cinema in Naroda area of the city on January 13, 2003. After the encounter, crime branch had claimed that they had intelligence inputs that Sadiq was a noted criminal in the league of dons like Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel and had planned to kill BJP leader L K Advani, Chief Minister Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.

This is the third police encounter which has been declared as fake and its probe transfered to CBI.

The other two cases include 2005 encounter of Sohrabuddin Shiekh and killing of his wife Kausarbi and killing of Sheikh's close aide Tulsiram Prajapati in a similar police encounter in 2006.

While transferring the probe to CBI, Gujarat High Court had asked the Central agency to take up investigation into the case and complete the probe preferably within six months.

The city crime branch had registered an FIR in the case against police officials of Gujarat and Maharashtra and others on June 21 and sent the copy to CBI.

Sadiq's brother Shabbir in his petition in HC had claimed that killing of his brother was a 'cold-blooded
murder' and a 'conspiracy' hatched by Vanzara and IPS officer P P Pande who was heading the city Crime Branch in 2003.

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

Agencies