G.L. Singhal, Tarun Barot, and Anaju Chaudhary were discharged from the 2004 Ishrat Jahan suspected fake encounter case after a special CBI court in Ahmedabad accepted their discharge petitions. As a result, the police officers would not face any legal action or trial in the case because the court determined that they behaved in accordance with their responsibilities.
Mr. Singhal, Mr. Barot, who is now retired, and Mr. Chaudhary all had their discharge applications granted by Special CBI Judge V.R. Raval. On March 20, the prosecuting agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), informed the court that the State government had refused to prosecute the three defendants.
The Court stated in its October 2020 order that they “acted in the course of their official duties,” so the investigation agency was obliged to seek indictment permission. The Gujarat government, on the other hand, turned it down. The Court had previously released main defendants P.P. Pandey, D.G. Vanzara, and N.K. Amin from the proceedings.
On June 15, 2004, Gujarat police killed Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra near Mumbai, along with Javed Shaikh (alias Pranesh Pillai), Amjadali Akbarali Rana, and Zeeshan Johar in an ‘encounter’ near Ahmedabad. According to the police, the four were terrorists attempting to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the time.
However, a Special Investigation Team named by the High Court found that the encounter was staged, and the CBI filed charges against multiple police officers as a result. The SIT reported to the High Court that the four people who were killed were already in police custody and that the operation was a joint effort between Gujarat Police and officials from the Central Intelligence Bureau (IB).