The court also allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation to file a reply. Advocate RC Kodekar, representing the CBI, sought time from special CBI judge JK Pandya for the higher authorities to respond to this application. A reply will be sent by the CBI head office in Mumbai by April 3, when the next hearing of the case is scheduled.
The case pertains to June, 2004, when four individuals, Ishrat Jahan, her friend Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh, Amzad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Ahmedabad police on the outskirts of the city.
Rubabuddin Sheikh, brother of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, has approached the Bombay High Court, challenging the discharge of former deputy inspector-general of Gujarat D G Vanzara and Rajasthan IPS officer Dinesh M N from the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin.
Pandey is not the only accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case to be rehabilitated. Over the past two years, since the investigation hit a dead end, all the accused in the case are out on bail.