Ishrat Jahan case: SC rejects IPS PP Pandey`s plea

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to give any protection to IPS officer PP Pandey, accused in Ishrat Jahan encounter case, against his arrest.

Zee Media Bureau

Ahmedabad: In a major blow to IPS officer PP Pandey, named as one of the accused in the CBI chargesheet in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to give any protection to him against his arrest in the case.

A special CBI court had on Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant against Additional Director General of Police PP Pandey in connection with the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate HS Khutwad today rejected Pandey`s application seeking exemption from appearance in court. As Pandey failed to present himself today, a non-bailable warrant was issued against him.

The court also rejected Pandey`s prayer that it should declare as illegal the CBI charge sheet against him as there had been no government sanction behind the same.
"As established through various Supreme Court rulings, a public servant cannot be given protection under Section 197 of the CrPC if he is facing charges of criminal offence," ruled the CBI court.

Meanwhile, the application by two other co-accused police officers GL Singhal and Tarun Barot, for copies of the statements of 21 witnesses was rejected with the court saying that CBI was not relying upon the same, which were recorded by other probe agencies (state police).
The court gave permission to CBI to interrogate one of the main accused, suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara, who is at Sabarmati Central Jail.

He was brought here on June 4 from Mumbai where he was jailed in Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

With PTI inputs