CBI wanted to arrest Narendra Modi in Ishrat Jahan case: Former Gujarat DIG Vanzara

Shah was given a clean chit in 2014 by the CBI on the grounds of "insufficient evidence".

Published: 06th June 2018 12:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2018 12:01 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

By IANS

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat's former Deputy Inspector General of Police D G Vanzara, on Tuesday, told a special court that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) wanted to arrest erstwhile Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of State for Home Amit Shah in the Ishrat Jahan fake shootout case.

Arguing for Vanzara in a discharge petition filed in the CBI court presided over by J.K. Pandya, his counsel V.D. Gajjar claimed that though the CBI intended to arrest Modi and Shah, "fortunately" it did not happen.

While Modi is now the Prime Minister of India, Shah is the President of Bharatiya Janata Party. Shah was given a clean chit in 2014 by the CBI on the grounds of "insufficient evidence".

Vanzara, who is out on bail in the case, had earlier submitted in the same court that Modi was secretly questioned by the case Investigating Officer when he was the Chief Minister.

In June 2004, Mumbai-based 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan, her friend Javed alias Pranesh, and Pakistani nationals Zeeshan Johar and Amzad Ali Rana were gunned down by a team of Vanzara's men in a gun battle on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

Ishrat Jahan and her friends were dubbed terrorists out on a mission to assassinate the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. However, subsequent CBI investigation concluded that the shootout was fake.
Vanzara's lawyer on Tuesday claimed that the charge-sheet against his client in the case was "concocted" and that there was no prosecutable evidence against the former police officer.

He also said that the testimony of witnesses could not be believed as some were earlier among the accused in the case.

The CBI opposed the discharge plea of Vanzara. Another co-accused and senior police official N.K. Amin too has filed a discharge plea in the same court and hearing on it concluded last month.

In his final submission in the court, Amin, a retired SP and now a practising lawyer, claimed that Satish Verma, the Gujarat cadre IPS official who assisted the CBI in the investigations, had "tampered with the evidence" and maintained that he had "never fired from his gun".

Both former police officers had also sought parity with former in-charge DGP P.P. Pandey, a co-accused who was discharged by the court.

The court posted the matter for next hearing on June 15.

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