Dahyaji Gobarji (DG) Vanzara, the former IPS officer who was accused in the alleged fake encounters of Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin Sheikh has been given a post-retirement promotion to the post of Inspector General (IG) on Tuesday.
Vanzara retired from the IPS as Deputy Inspector General (DIG) on May 31, 2014, after spending eight years in jail for his alleged involvement in various encounters by Gujarat Police. The CBI courts had acquitted him of all charges in two fake encounter killing cases. Vanzara is entitled to pension and arrears of salary pending from September 2007 now. Six years after he retired from service he has been promoted as the Inspector General of Police. As per the notification issued by Sangeeta Singh, additional chief secretary to the Government of Gujarat, Home Department DG Vanzara is promoted IGP grade with effect from Sep 29, 2007. Which means he is now entitled to pension and arrears of salary pending from September 2007. Nikhil Bhatt, Additional secretary to the state home department, also confirmed on Wednesday that his department has issued a notification regarding Vanzara’s promotion.
Vanzara, a 1987-batch IPS officer, was suspended by the state government in May 2007 after his arrest in connection with the alleged encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife. Later on, he was also accused in the alleged fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan. Vanzara was heading the Gujarat ATS at that time. After his arrest in March 2007, Vanzara remained in jail for around seven years. However, in September 2014, he was granted bail in the Sohrabuddin case and in February 2015 after a CBI Special Court allowed his bail plea in the Ishrat case. He retired as the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) on May 31, 2014.
In 2017 Vanzara was acquitted of all charges in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case and later on, in May 2019, CBI court acquitted him in the Ishrat Jahan case as well and he walked out free.
DG Vanzara, had joined the police service as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) in 1980, was promoted as an IPS officer in 1987.