SC stays dismissal of officer who probed Ishrat Jahan case

The Supreme Court has extended by a week the stay on the dismissal of IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma, who filed an affidavit in 2011 saying Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in a fake “encounter” in 2004 near Ahmedabad.

Verma challenged the dismissal after the Delhi high court upheld the Union government’s action on 7 September but deferred its implementation till Monday.

The Union government on 30 August dismissed Verma a month before his retirement. One of the grounds for dismissal includes “talking to the media which dented the country’s international relations”.

A bench of Justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy allowed Verma to approach the Delhi High Court challenging his dismissal and said it was for HC to consider the question as to whether the stay or vacation of dismissal order is to continue.