Ahmedabad: Justice MR Shah of the Gujarat high court granted three month’s extension to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conclude the probe into the Sadik Jamal fake encounter case.
The court, however, pointed out that it would be the final extension given to the agency. This is the second time CBI has been granted an extension in this case. The CBI is probing the case according to a high court order issued on June 17, 2011.
The bureau arrested Mumbai-based former journalist Ketan Tirodkar last month and Mehsana DySP Tarun Barot last week. They were sent to Sabarmati jail by the court.
In June 2012, the Gujarat high court had granted three month’s time and asked the agency to complete the probe by October 2, 2012. CBI had also interrogated IPS officer GL Singhal, who had, as then SP, Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad, conducted the investigation in May-June 2003.
Sadik Jamal, a resident of Bhavnagar city, was allegedly killed in Galaxy cinema area of Ahmedabad on January 13, 2003 by officers of the crime branch. At that time, authorities claimed that Sadiq had entered the city with the motive to kill Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Dr Pravin Togadia.
Sadiq’s brother Sabbir Jamal filed a petition in the high court in 2007 claiming that his brother was killed in a fake encounter and demanded a CBI probe in the case.