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Pandey is the fifth IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre to go to jail in the alleged fake encounter cases investigated by the CBI. These cases are Sadiq Jamal Mehtar (2003), Ishrat Jahan (2004),Sohrabuddin Sheikh (2005) and Tulsiram Prajapati (2007).
Pandey will be lodged in the high profile Sardar Kholi of the Sabarmati Central Jail,where Sardar Patel was lodged during the freedom struggle.
This cell is special; it has an attached bathroom,a bed with mattress and pillow,a study table,chairs for visitors and a cooler. Pandey has been given special permission to meet visitors inside his cell. D G Vanzara was the last policeman to occupy this cell.
Vanzara,Rajkumar Pandian and Rajasthan IPS officer Dinesh M N are in Taloja jail of Mumbai in the Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram cases,while Abhay Chudasma is lodged in the Nadiad sub-jail and Vipul Agrawal in Palanpur sub-jail of Banaskantha. The sixth accused officer,G L Singhal,is out on default bail in the Ishrat Jahan case. Pandeys surrender coincided with the regular production of accused policemen in the Tulsiram Prajapati and Ishrat Jahan encounter cases. Singhal and other accused policemen Tarun Barot,J G Parmar and Anaju Chaudhary,all accused in the Ishrat case came face to face in the court. However,they didnt exchange even a glance with Pandey. Suspended IPS officers Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh M N,accused in the Tulsiram Prajapati case,shook hands with Singhal.
States Home department has begun the process of putting Pandey under deemed suspension. State DGP Amitabh Pathak has submitted his report on Pandeys absence from duty and his arrest in the Ishrat case as reasons to put him under suspension. ACS (Home) S K Nanda said,Pandey will go under deemed suspension as soon as he completes 48 hours in police or judicial custody.