Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Tuesday allowed CBI's plea for shifting out IPS officer Satish Verma from the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case probe as it directed the agency conclude its investigation and file its chargesheet by July 4.

The agency had approached the court for allowing it to disassociate Verma, a 1986 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, from the probe. The officer was part of the Special Investigation team (SIT) constituted by the High Court to look into the case.

After the case was handed over to CBI, Verma's services were retained by the agency. In its three-point order on Tuesday, the CBI was also directed to focus and conclude its probe about alleged illegal custody of the deceased--Ishrat, Javed Sheikh, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar--and the subsequent fake encounter by July 4.

The CBI on the instruction of the High Court had taken over the probe of the case in which 19-year-old Ishrat, Sheikh, Rana and Johar were killed in Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004 allegedly by Crime Branch team led by DIG DG Vanzara.


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