Apex Court Compels Two Officers Accused In “Ishrat Jahan” Case To Quit
New Delhi: Two senior Gujarat police officers NK Amin and Tarun Barot promised the Supreme Court that they would resign from their posts on Thursday. Both the officers were accused in encounter killing, including that of a young student Ishrat Jahan, 19.
The two officers were reappointed by the state government after their retirement and this was challenged in court by another retired police officer, Rahul Sharma.
While Amin was rehired on contract as superintendent of police in Tapi District, Barot was a deputy superintendent of police in the railways.
The apex court on Wednesday asked the Gujarat government to take a call on the officers or it would pass orders.
After the strong remarks of the judges, including Chief Justice JS Khehar, the two officers vowed to resign in the course of the day.
A former police officer Rahul Sharma questioned the state government for appointing officers who faced serious charges.His petition alleged that Amin has faced trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Ishrat Jahan encounter killings, and has spent close to eight years in jail, but he was “immediately reinstated” after his release.
Barot, who was also accused in the Sadiq Jaman and Ishrat Jahan killings, was also accused in two cases of abduction and murder and spent close to three years in jail, said the petition.
The petition stated that the appointments were made, despite bearing in mind the questionable track record of the two officers in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines and the doctrine of public trust.
A CBI court is hearing the Ishrat Jahan case, in which two charge-sheets were filed by the CBI, of which one charge sheet accuses Gujarat police officers of fake encounter.