Gujarat: IPS officer who assisted CBI in Ishrat case chargesheeted
The state home department on Wednesday issued a chargesheet against Satish Verma, the Gujarat cadre IPS officer who had assisted CBI in the investigation of Ishrat Jahan case, for remaining absent from duty when he was principal of Police Training College in Junagadh.
A senior home department official confirmed the development. Verma, a 1986 batch officer, was transferred to Junagadh in April 2012. However, he allegedly remained absent for a significant period owing to health problems. Later, he applied for central deputation. On the order of the High Court, he was deputed to the CBI to assist it, as a local officer, in the Ishrat Jahan case.
It was during his deputation — 2013-14 — that the CBI concluded that the encounter of Ishrat Jahan, a Mumbra college girl, and three others was fake, and it was a conspiracy of Intelligence Bureau and Gujarat Police.
The chargesheet comes a day after Sharma was superseded by the Gujarat government as all his batchmates were promoted to the rank of additional director general from inspector general of police.
In August 2014, the appointments committee of NDA cabinet at the Centre approved his application for central deputation and appointed him as chief vigilance officer of North-Eastern Electric Power Corporation in Shillong, Meghalaya. Verma approached the Central Administrative Tribunal but it dismissed his objection saying that highly decorative police officers like him should serve in north-eastern states too. Verma’s help in Ishrat Jahan case had led to several breakthroughs and arrest of seven IPS officers.