Key accused IPS officer in Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case promoted by Gujarat government

The Hush Post | 9:01 pm | Two-minute read

The Gujarat government has promoted GL Singhal, the key accused IPS officer in the Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case, to the post of Inspector General (IG). Besides, Vipul Aggarwal has also been promoted to the post of Joint Commissioner (Administration). The Bombay High Court recently acquitted Aggarwal in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case,

According to news reports, the Gujarat government on Tuesday promoted a total of six police officers. The CBI had filed a charge sheet against 7 IPS officers in the Ishrat Jehan case.

Singhal is a 2001 batch IPS officer. The CBI arrested him in 2013 in the Ishrat Jehan case. The court had granted Singhal bail as the CBI failed to file a charge sheet within the mandatory.

On June 15, 2004, Ishrat Jehan, Javed Sheikh, Amjad Rana and Zeeshan Jauhar were killed in an police encounter in Ahmedabad. The police, along with intelligence agencies had claimed that the four were terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) who planned to kill the then state chief minister Narendra Modi.

According to the CBI, the Gujarat ATS had kidnapped Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi when they were going from Hyderabad to Sangli in Maharashtra. It was claimed that he also had links with LeT.

Following this, Sheikh’s companion Tulsiram Prajapati was killed in an encounter. Amit Shah was the Home Minister of Gujarat then. He was accused of being involved in both the cases. A special court in Mumbai acquitted all the 22 accused in the case recently.

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