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Jailed encounter cop caught on camera ‘visiting home’

Rajkumar Pandian,an IPS officer suspended in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case,was reportedly filmed by a local TV channel visiting his home in Ahmedabad without the team of Mumbai police escorts who had brought him to the city to be produced in a local court.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ahmedabad | Published: April 30, 2013 1:35:17 am

Rajkumar Pandian,an IPS officer suspended in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case,was reportedly filmed by a local TV channel visiting his home in Ahmedabad without the team of Mumbai police escorts who had brought him to the city to be produced in a local court.

Director General of Police Amitabh Pathak said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

Pandian was purportedly caught on camera walking out of his residence,Sharnam Appartments -10 at Prahladnagar,where he allegedly spent the night,in a casual attire and getting into a private car (GJ 1 KG 3870).

According to the local news channel,Pandian was tailed by its reporters after he arrived at the Ahmedabad railway station on Sunday night from Mumbai with the police party led by Mumbai police Inspector Suresh Kamble in Karnavati Express.

According to the channel,Pandian was first taken in a private car to the circuit house,where he took about a minute to sign the register of entry before leaving the place driving a white car. The Mumbai police party,meanwhile,remained at the circuit house.

Room number 40,which was booked for Pandian,remained locked all night while the police officer allegedly stayed at his residence.

On Monday morning,the car in which Pandian got into allegedly attempted to run over the lensman who was there to film him stepping out of his house. After fleeing the scene,the driver of the car was seen at the circuit house,clarifying to the media that Pandian was already in court.

According to the channel’s grab,Pandian appeared between 11 to 11.30 am at the circuit house,much later than the driver’s arrival in a black car. He was dressed in white shirt and blue denims and jumped inside the police van. The police escort party waiting for him at the circuit house then took him to the court for the hearing.

“We still have to figure out whether it was the responsibility of Mumbai police or Gujarat Police. But we have ordered an inquiry into the matter and additional DGP (Law and Order) Shivanand Jha has been asked to probe,” Pathak said.

Principal Secretary (Home) S K Nanda said,“The matter pertains to the Mumbai police. They never informed us about when they were coming and going. Jail authorities here were also not informed. The accused is in the custody of the Mumbai police and so the Gujarat Police or the state government has no take on it”.

Inspector Kamble refused to talk.

Pandian had filed an application in the special CBI court that he was booked in the Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case by CBI without taking the mandatory permission from the state government.

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