Ishrat Jahan encounter: Court rejects CBI's arrest warrant against accused cop

The judge, however, issued transfer warrant for another accused DG Vanzara, who is behind bars in Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter cases.

hidden April 26, 2013 08:49:41 IST
Ishrat Jahan encounter: Court rejects CBI's  arrest warrant against accused cop

Ahmedabad: A special CBI court today rejected the application of CBI seeking arrest warrant of Additional Director of Police, CID (crime), PP Pande in the
2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

The judge, however, issued transfer warrant for another accused DG Vanzara, who is behind bars in Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter cases.

Ishrat Jahan encounter Court rejects CBIs  arrest warrant against accused cop

The CBI has so far arrested six Gujarat police officers in this case. AFP

DySP and investigation officer Kalaimani on Thursday submitted an application for arrest warrant for Pande, claiming that he was evading summons for interrogation.

Special judge SH Khutwad rejected it on the ground that the accused was not yet declared an 'absconder', and he was a serving police officer.

Pande, a 1980-batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, was joint police commissioner in Ahmedabad when Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter on 15 June, 2004.

Gujarat police had claimed that they were terrorists who had arrived in the city to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

On 21 February, 2013, the CBI court had refused to issue arrest warrant for another accused inspector Bharat Patel, who was later arrested by the central probe agency.

But the judge accepted the CBI's application on Vanzara, who is also an accused in the Ishrat Jahan case. As the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case has been shifted to a Mumbai court, Vanzara along with the other accused was taken there.

CBI now wants Vanzara's custody in the Ishrat case. It has so far arrested six Gujarat police officers in this case — IPS officer GL Singhal, Tarun Barot, NK Amin, JG Parmar, Bharat Patel and Anaju Chaudhary.

PTI

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