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Jan 28, 2011 at 09:30pm IST

Ishrat Jehan encounter was staged: SIT member

New Delhi: In a new twist in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, senior IPS officer and a member of Special Investigation Team, Satish Verma on Friday raised doubts over the circumstances of the killings before the Gujarat High Court and sought a fresh FIR.

In his affidavit to the Gujarat High court, Ahmedabad Joint Commissioner of Police Satish Verma claimed that the encounter of the Mumbai teenager and three others in June 2004 was staged.

The needle of suspicion points towards Vanzara, Amin and Pandian Verma.

One of the members of the SIT appointed by the Gujarat High Court to probe the alleged fake encounter has said that the bullet paths in the bodies of the four alleged Lashkar operatives do not match the description in the original FIR.

During the hearing, Verma told the division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari that "there are two possibilities in the case; one is that four people (who got) killed in the encounter had come to kill Gujarat Chief

Minister (Narendra Modi), and the other is that they were killed in cold blood by the police".

"There is a possibility of the second one (having taken place) irrespective of the first one," he told the High Court.

He suggested that there should be a fresh FIR in the case since evidence raises doubts as to under what circumstances shots were fired (at Ishrat and others).

Verma said that as many as 14 police officers, including seven IPS officers are suspects in the case.

Verma has also raised doubts over the way Karnail Singh, who heads the SIT, is investigating the case.

Mukul Sinha, the lawyer for Javed Sheikh's family, said that there is enough evidence to show the encounter was fake.

"There is sufficient evidence to hold the view that is a fake encounter. Fresh fir should be filed. For the last six years we have been saying this is a fake encounter,' he said.

In another development, the High Court appointed advocate Yogesh Lakhani as amicus curiae (to assist the court) in the case.

Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in an alleged encounter by city police on June 15, 2004.

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