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Haren Pandya’s murder: Gohil writes to PM for further probe

Gohil has made the request in a letter sent to the PM on Friday.

Former Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a further investigation into the Haren Pandya murder case. Gohil has made the request in a letter sent to the PM on Friday. The letter has been sent in response to BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s letter to PM last month,alleging the misuse of CBI in police encounter cases in Gujarat with a view to falsely implicate Chief Minister Narendra Modi and a few others in these cases.

Dubbing Jaitley’s letter as “political interference in ongoing investigations”,Gohil said: “In an antithetical way,in fact I agree with him on the point that the CBI has been less than correct,conscientious,prompt and proper in its work.”

He also pointed out that the Gujarat High Court,while acquitting all the accused in the Pandya assassination case,had held that CBI investigation was not proper and the real culprits had not been brought to book.

He said that Pandya’s family always believed his assassination to be a political murder. His widow,Jagruti Pandya,had been pleading for further investigation. “A further probe is called for because the real culprits are yet to be arrested. Further investigation is necessary in the interest of justice. But the CBI is not doing it,” Gohil said.

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“What is more,the CBI has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court judgment. I believe that this appeal needs legal review on an objective and dispassionate appreciation of the errors in the previous CBI investigation that have been pointed out by the High Court,” Gohil demanded.

“The CBI has not investigated Narendra Modi even though evidence warranted it; the investigations have been slow and misdirected; and,contrary to Jaitley’s claims,there appears to be a wilful design of the CBI of not treading on territory inconvenient to Modi because the CBI perhaps considers him to be a rising star in Indian politics,’’ he argued.

Gohil argued that if former minister Amit Shah could be chargesheeted for omission and commission in Sohrabuddin and Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter cases,allegedly approved by Modi,CBI did not consider them as good evidence against Modi. Gohil said that CBI had not even asked Modi about it.


The Congress leader said that though former Rajasthan minister Gulab Chand Kataria was also chargesheeted in Sohrabuddin and Prajapati cases,he was granted bail. “This reflects very poorly on CBI’s investigation,” he commented.

“Moreover,there is a common thread running in all these cases: several instances of abuse of power and obstruction by the senior officers and political executive of Gujarat to delay and derail the investigation have been disclosed,but the CBI has not investigated them,” he pointed out.

First published on: 12-10-2013 at 03:37:11 am
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