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Ishrat case: Gujarat DGP seeks report from CID on Pandey

Statesman News Service |

press trust of india
Ahmedabad, 11 August
Gujarat Director General of Police has sought a report from the state CID on senior IPS officer P P Pandey, declared absconding in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter killing case.
“We have asked CID-Crime to send us a detailed report on Pandey and then we will talk to the state Home department which will decide upon the further course of action,” DGP Amitabh Pathak told PTI.
However, the state Home Department was non-committal on whether the state government was going to take any action against Pandey, who is the Additional Director General of Police for his absence from duty for the last four months.
“We have to wait till the state DGP sends his report,” Principal Secretary (Home) S K Nanda told PTI.
Mr Pandey, a 1982-batch IPS officer, was the Joint Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad, when Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were gunned down by Crime Branch sleuths on 15 June 2004.
The special CBI court has declared him ‘proclaimed absconder’. He appeared before the trial court on 29 July after the Supreme Court directed him to remain present while rejecting his petition seeking quashing of the FIR against him.
Last week, upon the CBI’s request, the DGP instructed all district and city police chiefs to keep a tight vigil to trace him.
As the CBI tightened its noose in the Ishrat case, Mr Pandey stopped attending his office as the state crime branch head in March, and went on medical leave.
Mr Pandey did not get his leave extended or explained his absence thereafter, Home Department sources said.
On 29 July, he appeared before the court on a stretcher from a private hospital here where he had been admitted for chest pain.
For a few days, he attended court in wheel-chair; but again went missing when his applications for exemption from appearance in the court and for anticipatory bail were rejected by the special CBI court here on Wednesday. Next day, the CBI court issued non-bailable arrest warrant, and the High Court too rejected his appeal challenging denial of anticipatory bail.