Consequences of Ishrat probe feared

Ahmadabad: Satish Verma, the only officer investigating Ishrat case, fears that he is likely to suffer the consequences of this probe which would reflect on the Gosbara case. Fearing such implications he filed a writ in the state High Court urging a review or recall of the Gosabara case.

It may be recalled a huge stock of RDX was dumped at Gosabara near Porbunder in 1993. The lower court had found 18 year old Abdus Sattar Hamdani alias Sattar Maulana guilty under the Arms Act who had been, at that moment, released on bail. However, Satish Verma, Atul Karwal and P.I. Sukhdev Singh did not take any action against him at that nor was he arrested. The state government had constituted an enquiry commission under Justice Dave. The commission has also recommended police action against the accused. The police officers were found guilty of failure of discharging their duties in a departmental enquiry. A PIL was filed in 2005 by Yatin Ojha for implementing the recommendations of Dave Commission. The High Court rejected the PIL and imposed a penalty on Ojha in 2007. Recently the Supreme Court has directed the High Court to hear the PIL again. A bench comprising chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhyaya and Justice J.B. Pardiwala directed the state government to release the report of enquiry conducted by D.G.P. Pramod Kumar. Following this the state government is taking departmental action against Satish Verma and two other officers.

At the moment Satish Verma heads the SIT enquiry on Ishrat’s fake encounter case. Satish Verma in a writ expressed fear that he was likely to be falsely implicated in Gosabara case for conducting probe in the fake encounter case. Hence he urged the High Court to recall or review the orders issued by DGP Pramod Kumar. He reminded the court that the High Court had rejected advocate Yatin Ojha’s PIL at investigation. He expressed fear that his investigation in the Ishrat case might prompt the state government to revive the report in Gosabara case.
MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2011 on page no. 11

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