Declared absconder,top cop Pandey moves HC

Additional Director General of Police P P Pandey has moved the High Court,seeking quashing of the FIR filed against him by CBI in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:June 23, 2013 3:52 am

Additional Director General of Police P P Pandey has moved the High Court,seeking quashing of the FIR filed against him by CBI in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

A special CBI court had on Friday passed an order proclaiming Pandey,a 1982-batch IPS officer,an absconder under the Criminal Procedure Code and directing him to appear before the court by July 31 to avoid further action.

CBI is probing the encounter killing on the HC order.

Hearing on Pandey’s plea is likely on Monday.

The FIR alleges he provided the “so-called crucial intelligence inputs” to the fellow officers which said that Ishrat,a college student,and three others were LeT operatives and were on a mission to assassinate CM Narendra Modi.

Pandey,as the Joint Commissioner of Police in Ahmedabad,was heading the crime branch when Ishrat,Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai,Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in the encounter with the Gujarat Police on the outskirts of city on June 15,2004.

Pandey has claimed in the petition that Rana,Shaikh and Johar were “terrorists” and were killed in a “genuine encounter” and hence he should not be made an accused.

Earlier this month,Pandey had moved the Supreme Court,but it asked him to seek relief from Gujarat High Court.

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