Slain BJP leader Haren Pandyas wife Jagruti Pandya on Thursday said she recently met Asgar Ali,the man accused of killing her husband who was later acquitted by Gujarat HC,at an Andhra Pradesh jail. Pandya,a former minister in the Narendra Modi government who had later fallen out with the CM,was shot dead on March 26,2003.
Jagruti alleged that the CBI had failed to establish the motive behind Pandyas murder under the influence of the BJP. Jagruti,who returned from Visakhapatnam on Thursday morning,has decided to seek a reinvestigation in the Pandya murder case after she met Ali,who is lodged in a Visakhapatnam jail.
Talks with Ali reinforced my belief that the CBI was grossly misused by the NDA government,and that belief was also proved right by the high court, she alleged. She also alleged that the same Intelligence Bureau officer,Rajendra Kumar,who was examined recently by the CBI in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case,was responsible for providing inputs before Pandyas murder.
Kumar was the IB officer who generated inputs that some terrorists were coming to Gujarat for an attack (and that formed the) basis for CBI to arrest Ali and the other accused, she claimed.
Pandyas widow sees a link between her husbands murder with the major fake encounters of Gujarat. She said,The police officers,who are accused in the fake encounter cases of Gujarat,have played a role in Pandyas elimination too.
Jagruti went to meet Ali to collect more material evidence in the case,she said. My meeting with Ali lasted for two-and-a-half hours in which he narrated how,on the instance of CBI,he was framed in the case and how he was tortured to make a false confession.
She said,He told me that he had never visited Gujarat before April 2003,when a team of Gujarat Police brought him to the city before his arrest by the CBI.
Jagruti would file a petition to seek re-investigations in the case to bring out the truth that she alleged the CBI had buried to protect the interest of BJP in Gujarat. She stated that she wanted to collect more evidence in the case to file the petition in the court.