Cops to spend 3 more days in CBI remand


The counsels for Barot and Patel opposed CBI's plea of further remand arguing that the agency had not got anything new in the case after interrogating the two during their custody for the past 24 hours.

Eventually, the court presided over by additional chief judicial magistrate H S Khutvad partly allowed the application and extended the accused's CBI remand for three more days ending 12 noon of February 28.

On June 15, 2004, a DCB team had gunned down four people near Kotarpur Waterworks in Sardarnagar area in an alleged encounter while claiming that the four were Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The four were identified as Ishrat Jahan, Javed alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Rana and Jishan Johar. Rana and Johar were claimed to be the Pakistani nationals.

Agency files revision plea for Singhal's custody

The CBI Monday moved a revision application before a special CBI sessions court seeking remand of IPS officer G L Singhal for 14 days. The application has been posted for hearing on February 27.

Earlier on February 22, a special CBI magisterial court had rejected a similar application of the central agency, observing that the CBI could not produce any reasonable ground to procure the accused's custody.

Singhal, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer posted with State Crime Records Bureau, was arrested by the CBI on February 21 from his office.

Singhal was part of the alleged DCB operation in which Ishrat Jahan and three others gunned down on June 15, 2004. He was allegedly present at the scene of the "encounter".

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