The CBI, which filed the chargesheet in the lower court on July 3, has termed the encounter as fake. It has named seven senior Gujarat police officers as accused, and several others as witnesses in the case.

Suspended IPS officers GL Singhal, NK Amin, DG Vanzara, retired DSP JG Parmar, DySP Tarun Barot, commando Anaju Chaudhary and absconding Additional Director General of Police PP Pandey have been named as accused.

As per the chargesheet, Vanzara, who allegedly had differences with Singhal over killing Ishrat, had told latter that he and the then IB joint director Rajinder Kumar had a nod from the top political authorities for the encounter.

The CBI, which is expected to file a supplementary chargesheet, may name some more officers in it. Nineteen-year-old Mumbai-based girl Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were gunned down in an encounter by Gujarat police on June 15, 2004 on the outskirts of the city. The police had then claimed that the four were on a mission to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

(Agencies)

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