Pandya murder case: Zadafiya demands fresh probe
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 23:32
Ahmedabad: Alleging that the erstwhile NDA government at the Centre was responsible for lapses in CBI probe into Haren Pandya murder case, former minister Gordhan Zadafiya on Tuesday appealed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to ask the agency for a re-investigation.

"I believe 90 per cent of the investigation was done during NDA rule. How it (CBI) was used I do not know but it was their (NDA's) responsibility," Zadafiya told reporters here when asked about a possible "misuse" of the agency during NDA rule in connection with the case.

Appealing to Modi to take a call and approach CBI for reinvestigation, Zadaphiya said that "instead of blaming CBI, we need to find out who was directing the probe in the killing of Pandya (and) where were the crucial documents and evidence"

Gujarat High Court had yesterday dropped murder charges against the 12 accused of killing former minister Haren Pandya in 2003 while upholding a trial court's verdict convicting them of criminal conspiracy and terrorism under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA).

The high court had also slammed CBI, terming the investigations into the murder case as 'botched up' and 'blinkered.'

"And if CBI shows its unwillingness, Modi should approach the Supreme Court and get the case probed by a special investigation team (SIT)," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 23:32

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