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SC stays suspension of IPS officer investigating Ishrat Jahan case

Senior Indian Police Service officer Satish Chandra Verma investigated the 2004 Ishrat Jahan case from April 2010 to October 2011. Based on their investigation report, the SIT had termed the encounter as fake.

Supreme Court stayed the order of the Center

Supreme Court A senior officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) of Gujarat cadre Satish Chandra Verma The Centre’s decision to sack him was on Monday stayed for a week. Satish Chandra Verma in Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case in Gujarat Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) assisted in the investigation.

The central government had dismissed senior police officer Satish Chandra Verma from police service on August 30, a month before his retirement on September 30. A bench of Justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy allowed police officer Verma to move the Delhi High Court to challenge his dismissal. Also, this bench said that the High Court has to consider the question whether the stay on the dismissal order will continue or not.

Order should not be implemented for a week: Court

“We are of the view that in the light of the facts of the case, it is necessary in the interest of justice that the order passed by the respondent for dismissal of the plaintiff should not be implemented for a week from today,” the bench said.

He had moved the apex court after the High Court granted permission to the Home Ministry to take action against Satish Chandra Verma in view of the departmental inquiry. In the departmental inquiry against Verma, the allegations against him were proved. These allegations also include talking to the media while he was the Chief Vigilance Officer of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation, Shillong.

Senior Indian Police Service officer Satish Chandra Verma investigated the 2004 Ishrat Jahan case from April 2010 to October 2011. Based on their investigation report, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) had termed the encounter as fake.

What is Ishrat Jahan encounter case?

This case is from 2004. Ishrat Jahan, 19, a resident of Mumbra near Mumbai, was killed in an encounter with the Gujarat Police on June 15, 2004. Javed Sheikh alias Pragnesh Pillai, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Akbar Ali Rana were also killed in this encounter.

It was claimed by the police that the four people killed in the encounter were terrorists and were planning to assassinate the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. However, the special investigation team constituted by the High Court came to the conclusion that the encounter was fake.

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