SC declines PIL for dropping action against Gujarat cops in Ishrat Jahan case

Ishrat-documents-missing-frThe Supreme Court refused to entertain a public interest litigation petition seeking quashing of criminal prosecution, suspension and other action taken against Gujarat police in the 2004 alleged fake encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan in view of the recent testimony of jailed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Headley. “What is the purpose of Article 32. You cannot file such a case under it. If you wish, you can go to the High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution,” a Bench, comprising Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy. said minutes after lawyer M L Sharma started arguments in the case. However, the Bench clarified that it was not dismissing the petition on merits when Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought a clarification on the issue. . “Any person having locus standi can approach the appropriate authority,” the Bench said, paving the way for the affected Gujarat policemen, including then DIG D G Vanzara, to move the court for their exoneration in the politically sensitive case.

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