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Ishrat Jahan case: CBI opposes discharge plea of Vanzara, Amin 

Ahmedabad: The CBI has opposed the discharge petitions of former Gujarat Inspector General of Police DG Vanzara and police superintendent NK Amin in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.The CBI, while opposing the discharge pleas, stated it had proof to corroborate presence of NK Amin at the spot of the alleged encounter and establish Vanzara as the mastermind of the entire operation.Mumbai-based college student Ishrat Jahan and three others – Javed alias Pranesh, Zeeshan Johar and Amzad Ali Rana — were allegedly gunned down by a team of Vanzara’s men in an encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in June 2004. It was claimed that Ishrat and her friends were terrorists and were in the state with an intent to kill then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.Both Vanzara and Amin claimed innocence and sought discharge from the CBI chargesheet. They moved the special CBI court after DGP PP Pandey was discharged in the case in February this year. Vanzara had claimed that the charges against him were politically motivated. His plea claimed that he too, more or less, was facing same charges as Pandey and should be acquitted.On Saturday, the CBI, however, argued that it had proof to nail Vanzara as the main conspirator in the case. To Amin’s plea that there was no forensic evidence of his involvement, the CBI stated that there were witnesses who had seen Amin at the encounter spot and they had forensic evidence also that Amin had fired from his gun. The CBI presented its case after the court sought its view on whether the plea by Vanzara and Amin be accepted and approved. The court has now set May 5 as the next date of hearing. 

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