Ishrat encounter: Barot, Patel sent to CBI custody for a day

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Opposing the application, Patel's counsel Brijrajsinh Jhala said that Patel had done subsequent investigation in the case after the encounter and it has been verified even by the SIT. He said the four were terrorists and even the SIT has affirmed the finding. "With Patel's arrest, the CBI wants to nullify that probe and give a clean chit to the deceased terrorists," he said.

Barot's counsel D R Bhatt argued on the similar lines and added that the officers were being mistreated in the CBI custody to turn witnesses.

When magistrate A U Jujara asked Patel and Barot about any mistreatment in custody, Patel said that prior to his arrest, he was questioned for more than 11 hours till 2.30 in the night and he was not even allowed to drink water.

He said the CBI was an investigating agency in the case for the namesake and that the entire investigation was being handled by Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Satish Verma. "Satish Verma is carrying forward his hidden agenda that is best known to him. I really pity CBI," Patel told the court.

Barot told the court that Verma was threatening police officers named in the FIR to turn witness.

The HC had ordered Verma to assist the CBI in the case as he was part of the SIT that declared that the encounter was "not genuine".

Later, the court granted the CBI their custody till 12 noon, Monday.

Earlier, the court had denied the CBI the custody of Singhal and Parmar.

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