Ishrat case: Gujarat court allows Pandey to inspect records
The special CBI court allowed P P Pandey to inspect the records of the court in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter killing case.
Ahmedabad: The special CBI court here on Thursday allowed suspended Additional Director General of Police P P Pandey to inspect the records of the court in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter killing case.
Pandey, who was sent to Sabarmati central jail yesterday after the court rejected the application of CBI seeking his further remand, today filed an application before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate H S Khutwad, seeking inspection of papers filed by the agency and other related documents.
"Pandey suspects that CBI has sought remand of other accused, who were arrested prior to him, on the same grounds as in his case," said his lawyer, advocate Ajay Choksi.
"In case CBI seeks Pandey`s further remand by challenging ACJM`s order before the sessions court, we can make a strong defence and hence we had filed this application," he added.
The court, brushing aside objections by the CBI lawyer, allowed Choksi to inspect records for two hours today. "Now, we will be filing another application for the certified copies of the documents we inspected," the lawyer said.
Pandey was Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) in Ahmedabad when Mumbai-based Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were gunned down allegedly by Crime Branch sleuths on June 15, 2004 on the outskirts of the city, claiming they were terrorists.
CBI, in its chargesheet, has termed the encounter as fake.