Ishrat killing: CBI denied Singhal’s custody, cop sent to Sabarmati jail

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Jhala also argued on the merits of the case and argued on the antecedents of the four persons killed in the "encounter" while stating that they were terrorists. He said the original FIR in the case registered by the Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) still held ground.

DCB officials had on June 15, 2004 gunned down four persons 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 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 Pakistani nationals.

The arguments on the antecedents of the four and Jhala's statement that they were terrorists sparked heated arguments between him and the lawyers of the deceased's relatives.

Jhala also argued that Singhal had been interrogated at least five times by the Gujarat High Court-appointed Special Investigation Team and was also present during the reconstruction done at the scene of crime thrice. He added that since there was no evidence against Singhal, the CBI wanted to fabricate evidence against him during his police custody.

Singhal's lawyer also stated that he had been objecting to the inclusion of Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Satish Verma in the investigation of the case for various reasons. However, he added, Verma had interrogated him for three hours on Thursday after his arrest in spite of the fact that the High Court had asked him to only assist the CBI in the case.

Meanwhile, Singhal's production at the CBI court complex witnessed some dramatic scenes with a number of people turning up in his support. They shouted slogans in support of the IPS officer and against the CBI. Heavy police force was deployed at the court complex.

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