SC stays Centre's decision to dismiss Gujarat cadre IPS officer who probed Ishrat Jahan case
The SC Monday stayed for a week, the Centre's decision dismissing Satish Chandra Verma, a senior IPS officer who had assisted the CBI in its investigation into the alleged fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan in Gujarat.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday stayed for a week, the Centre’s decision dismissing Satish Chandra Verma, a senior IPS officer who had assisted the CBI in its investigation into the alleged fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan in Gujarat.
Verma was dismissed from the service on 30 August, a month before his scheduled retirement on 30 September.
A bench of Justice KM Joseph and Justice Hrishikesh Roy allowed Verma to approach the Delhi High Court challenging his dismissal and said it is for the high court to consider the question as to whether the stay or vacation of dismissal order is to continue.
“We are of the view that in the facts of this case, the interests of justice would require that order passed by the respondent dismissing the appellant is not to be implemented till one week from today,” the bench said.
Verma had moved to the top court after the High Court allowed the home ministry to take action against him in the wake of a departmental inquiry that proved the charges against him, including interacting “with public media” when he was chief vigilance officer of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation, Shillong.
Verma had probed the Ishrat Jahan case of 2004 between April 2010 and October 2011.
Based on his investigation report, a Special Investigation Team held that the encounter was “fake”.
Home Ministry and CBI are at loggerheads over granting sanction to four Intelligence Bureau officials in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing case with the ministry demanding the case diary before the nod can be given and the probe agency deciding to seek legal opinion on the demand.
Singh said there has been an allegation that the Gujarat Police had carried out the fake encounter and investigation into it has been going on.
Justice A J Desai of the High Court, deferred till tomorrow the hearing on his plea challenging the special court order and declined to offer further protection to the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP)-rank officer from arrest by CBI, which is probing the case and has dubbed the encounter as "fake".