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T.D. Dogra puts ball in SIT’s court, says report on Ishrat case was ‘authentic’

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Gurgaon: Even as several theories concerning the Ishrat Jahan case are being propounded by different quarters, Dr. T.D. Dogra, the author of forensic report in the matter, has held his ground that the report submitted by his panel was authentic, adding that the SIT never communicated their views on the same.

“We had done our work to the best of our capacity and submitted the report to the chairman of the SIT. After that I have no knowledge, as it was never communicated back to us by the SIT or the SIT chairman and that’s why I don’t have any knowledge,” Dr. Dogra told ANI.

When asked about reports of rejection of his report by the SIT, Dr. Dogra said, “It is within the preview of the SIT to accept or reject a report, what I can say about that. But it’s true that a panel was formed by the SIT and I was the chairman of that panel, while the co-chairman was Dr. Rajinder Singh, director of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Delhi. We were given the task to reconstruct the scene and give answers to the certain questions put up by the SIT. Accordingly we worked on that.”

“Our team has experts from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and CFSL. We worked on that, gave up replies, reconstructed the scene and prepared a report, which was submitted to the then chairman of the SIT. We had done our work to best of our capacity and submitted the report to the SIT chairman,” he added.

When asked whether the SIT had sought answers on fake encounter, he said: “There were questions like that and accordingly we answered too. Whatever queries had been raised, those were answered appropriately in our report submitted to the SIT. Further action was for the SIT to take. Whether the SIT rejected or accepted the report, I have no comment to offer.”

Early on the morning of 15 June 2004, Ishrat Jahan, Javed Sheikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were shot dead on the road leading to the Kotarpur waterworks on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

A magisterial inquiry, SIT probe and CBI investigation – all concluded that this was a fake encounter and the police claim of having fired at her in ‘self-defence’ was a lie.

Almost a decade after the fake encounter, in July 2013, a chargesheet was filed against seven Gujarat police officials and (in a supplementary chargesheet in February 2014) four Intelligence Bureau officials for the unlawful killings, abduction, criminal conspiracy etc. (ANI)

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