Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Friday rapped the CBI over delay in filing its chargesheet in Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.

The court asked it to ascertain the genuineness of the encounter instead of focusing on IB inputs and trying to figure out whether those killed were terrorists or not.

"We find that instead of investigating the genuineness of the encounter, the CBI has focused more on the genuineness of the inputs provided by the IB," a division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari observed.

"It seems that in past one month you were more interested in figuring out whether the killed persons were terrorists or not but the court is not concerned whether they were terrorists or normal human beings. You have been assigned responsibility to ascertain whether they were killed in a genuine encounter or a fake one and whether they were in prior custody of Gujarat Police or not," the court observed.

Court asked CBI to explain why it failed to file the chargesheet within 90 days of the arrest of accused. The CBI responded that it is very large case of “conspiracy” and investigation has led us from one point to another which has caused the delay.

The CBI told the court that it will file the chargesheet in the case by first week of July.

Mumbra (near Mumbai) girl Ishrat Jahan alongwith Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, two alleged Pakistani nationals Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were killed in an encounter on June 15, 2004 on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.


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