Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Ishrat Jahan encounter: Special CBI court discharges former Gujarat DGP PP Pandey

Ahmedabad Court discharges ex-DGP PP Pandey from Ishrat Jahan case Ishrat Jahan encounter: Special CBI court discharges former Gujarat DGP PP Pandey
Patty Aguilar | 21 February, 2018, 17:12

A special CBI court on Wednesday discharged former Gujarat DGP P P Pandey in the Ishrat Jahan "encounter" case.

Pandey, along with retired IPS D G Vanzara, IPS officer G L Singhal, DSP (retired) N K Amin, Deputy Superintendent of Police (retired) Tarun Barot and two other policemen, was chargesheeted by the CBI for conspiracy, murder and kidnapping of 19-year-old Mumbai girl Ishrat Jahan, her friend Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai and two alleged Pakistani nationals in 2004.

Ishrat Jahan encounter case pertains to the killing of four persons by officers of the Gujarat Police claiming that they were Lashkar terrorists and were in Ahmedabad to assassinate the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"Today's verdict of the CBI court also goes against the previous orders of the Supreme Court and High Court that held that the encounter was fake", said Pathan. They were charged with kidnapping, murder and conspiracy.

The 1980-batch IPS, Pandey was arrested in July 2013 by the CBI and spent almost 19 months in jail. However, despite being charge-sheeted, in 2016, he returned to the state's police force as DGP.

Special court judge JK Pandya allowed Pandey's discharge application on the grounds that there was no evidence against him related to the kidnapping and murder of Ishrat Jahan (19) and three others.

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Now, why has the court discharged Pandey?

CBI opposed the discharge.

So, is the Ishrat-case going the Sohrabuddin Sheikh way?

Pandey was Joint Commissioner of Ahmedabad city crime branch at the time of the alleged fake encounter.

In his petition to the CBI court, Pandey had said that the case is based on "circumstantial evidence" and the "chain of events have not been established prima facie and there is no material on record to show what could be the motive of the Applicant/accused to be a part of the so-called conspiracy". Those discharged include BJP president Amit Shah and Vanzara.

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