Ahmedabad, Aug 31 N K Amin, an accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case who is currently serving as superintendent of police in Mahisagar district, was today granted one-year extension by Gujarat government, days after he was discharged in fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati by a CBI court in Mumbai.
As per a notification issued by the state Home Department, Amin, who was due to retire today, has been given an extension of one year, starting September 1.
With this, Amin will continue to serve as the SP of Mahisagar district for one more year, it stated. On August 18, a special CBI court in Mumbai discharged Amin in the 2005 fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin and Prajapati.
However, he still is an accused in the Ishrat case. Amin, granted regular bail by the special CBI court last year, was reinstated as Deputy Superintendent of Police in State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) in May 2015, before he was made SP. Ishrat, a teenage girl from Mumbra near Mumbai, her friend Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh and two others were gunned down by city crime branch officials allegedly in a fake encounter on June 15, 2004 on the outskirts of the city.
Police's contention was that Ishrat and others were on a mission to kill Narendra Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Sohrabuddin was killed allegedly in a fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005. His wife who went missing after the incident is also believed to have been killed.
Prajapati, an aide of Sheikh, a gangster, and an eyewitness to the encounter, was allegedly killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha district in December 2006.