Ishrat encounter case: Court reserves order on Pandey, Vanzara's bail

Ahmedabad: The special CBI court here today reserved its order on the bail applications of former IPS officers P P Pandey and D G Vanzara who are accused in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing
ishrat encounter case court reserves order on...
PTI January 16, 2015 23:45 IST

Ahmedabad: The special CBI court here today reserved its order on the bail applications of former IPS officers P P Pandey and D G Vanzara who are accused in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing case.

Judge K R Upadhyaya is likely to pass the order on January 28.

During the hearing today, Pandey's lawyer N D Nanawati said CBI did not arrest the former chief of Intelligence Bureau Rajinder Kumar (who is also named as an accused in the charge sheet) because of his political bosses in the previous government at the Centre.

"Who prevented you from arresting him...Only because Rajinder Kumar was backed by the political bosses of the central government of the relevant time," Nanawati claimed.

Pandey was the Joint Commissioner of police when Mumbra-based 19-year-old college girl Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed by Ahmedabad crime branch sleuths in an encounter on the outskirts of the city on June 15, 2004.

According to CBI, it was a fake encounter orchestrated jointly by Gujarat police and IB.

Advocate Nanawati pointed out that it was IB which had informed the police that some terrorists had landed in the state to assassinate the Chief Minister and other leaders.

"They would not have acted had there been no inputs about terrorist and (it) would not have led to the killings of innocent persons. Even criminals cannot be killed like that," said Nanawati, adding that CBI's evidence did not indicate Pandey's involvement.

He also alleged CBI had acted at the instance of IPS officer Satish Verma, who was part of the High Court-formed Special Investigation Team and who was later included in CBI probe.

"He (Sharma) picked up some persons for self-advantage, then he helped them get bail and some of them made were witness. Some sort of bias was there," he said.

Nanawati also said that CBI could not establish that Pandey was ever involved in the alleged conspiracy meetings.

He also said there was no way to know on the spot whether the intercepted persons were terrorists.

"There was no thermo-metre to test whether they were terrorists until any terror activities take place. If you want to hold Kasab (Pakistani terrorist caught during the Mumbai attacks), you don't have to obtain a GR (government resolution) for that. But sometimes there can be bias and such senior officers can be booked. Even if some mistakes were unfortunately made, custody is not required," said Nanawati.

 
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