Ishrat fake encounter: SC rejects Modi-govt's plea

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Ishrat Jahan
New Delhi, Nov 12: Once again the government of Narendra Modi struggled as the Supreme court on Friday, Nov 12 rejected its plea against the probe by special investigation team (SIT) in the teenager Ishrat Jahan's "fake" encounter case.

After dismissing the plea by Gujarat High Court, the Supreme Court stated, "How can the State come with such a plea? Court is not deprived of its power. In exceptional cases, it can do (constitute a team). In the facts of the case, we find no reason to interfere."

Earlier an apex court asked the High Court of the state to initiate an fresh probe into 19-year-old Ishrat and three others' encounter case staged by the Gujarat police.

However, the Gujarat government approached the court challenging the constitution of an SIT and saying that a probe into the case be given to another SIT formed by the State government.

Gujarat police on Jun 15, 2004 killed Mumbai-based Ishrat and other three people in an encounter by claiming that the youths were Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives and they were on a mission to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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