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Ishrat Jahan case: Gujarat cop Vanzara gets bail

Ishrat Jahan case: Gujarat cop Vanzara gets bail
Granting him bail on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and barring his entry in Gujarat, Special CBI court Judge K R Upadhyaya said, “Application (of bail) is allowed.” However, the ex-IPS officer has been told to mark his presence before that court on every working Saturday. He is also barred from leaving the country.

Vanzara, during his stint in the city crime branch as head of State Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), was made an accused in fake encounter cases of Soharabuddin Sheikh, Tulsi Prajapati and Ishrat Jahan, by the CBI.

Vanzara was arrested on April 24, 2007 by CID crime in connection with the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, and since then he is behind bars.

With this order, Vanzara will walk free after seven and half years. His advocate V D Gajjar told mediapersons, “Acchhe din aa gaye hain (Good days have come)”. Vanzara was Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in the city crime branch, when a Mumbra-based college girl Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter with Gujarat police on the outskirts of the city on June 15, 2004.

The city crime branch had then said that those killed in the encounters were Lashkar-e-Taiyaba (LeT) terrorists and had landed in Gujarat to kill then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The CBI, which took over probe from the Gujarat High Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), had filed chargesheet in August 2013 saying that the encounter was fake and executed in the joint operation by the city crime branch and Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB).
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