The Gujarat Director General of Police has sought a report from the state CID on senior IPS officer P P Pandey,declared absconding in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter killing case. We have asked CID (Crime) to send us a detailed report on Pandey and on receiving it we will talk to state Home Department which will decide further course of action, DGP Amitabh Pathak said.
However,the state Home Department was non-committal on whether the state government was going to take any action against Pandey,who is the Additional Director General of Police,for his absence from duty for the past four months. We have to wait till state DGP sends us his report, Principal Secretary (Home) S K Nanda said.
Pandey,a 1982-batch IPS officer,was the joint commissioner of police,Ahmedabad,when Ishrat Jahan,Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai,Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were gunned down by Crime Branch sleuths on June 15,2004.
Terming the encounter as fake,the CBI has charged seven Gujarat policemen,including Pandey with murder and criminal conspiracy.
The special CBI court has declared him a proclaimed absconder. He appeared before the trial court on July 29 after the Supreme Court directed him to remain present while rejecting his petition seeking quashing of an FIR against him. Last week,upon CBIs request,the DGP instructed all district and city police chiefs to keep a tight vigil to trace him.
As the CBI tightened its noose in Ishrat case,Pandey stopped attending his office as the state crime branch head in March,and went on medical leave.