Zee Media Bureau
Ahmedabad: A CBI court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Prithvi Pal Pandey, an accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
The bail plea was rejected by judge Gita Gopi.
The Gujarat High Court had earlier restrained the CBI from arresting the senior IPS officer till August 06, i.e. today.
The CBI could arrest Pandey anytime now.
The 1982-batch IPS officer was Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Ahmedabad, when Ishrat Jahan and her three associates were eliminated in stage shootout.
The Mumbai college girl and her three associates - Javed Pranesh Gopinath Pilai, Amjad Ali and Jishan Johar - were killed by the Gujarat Police on June 15, 2004.
Initially, the investigation into the killing was carried out by the Gujarat Police which had filed a closure report, claiming Ishrat Jahan and the others were terrorists who came from Jammu and Kashmir to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
On the plea by Ishrat Jahaan`s mother Shamima Kausar, the Gujarat High Court entrusted investigation to a Special Investigation Team. However, on another plea by Pillai`s father, Gopinath Pillai, the high court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over the investigation.
According to the CBI chargesheet, the encounter was fake.
(With Agency inputs)