A division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice JB Pardiwala heard the matter on Thursday before adjourning it to August 16 for further hearing.

Kantilal Chavda, a local resident, has alleged in the PIL that the PMO, through Union Ministry of Home Affairs and CBI, is interfering in the investigation.

"It appears that the intention of the Centre is to play a political game rather than unearth the truth," it alleged.

The chargesheet filed by CBI claimed that the inputs about four terrorists entering Ahmedabad in 2004 to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi was provided by Rajinder Kumar, and weapons found on the dead bodies of the four were also supplied by him.

Ishrat, a Mumbai-based student, her friend Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, and their associates Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were gunned down by Crime Branch sleuths on June 15, 2004 near. According to CBI, the encounter, a joint operation by Gujarat Police and Intelligence Bureau, was fake.

(Agencies)

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