Pandya murder: CBI mulling to challenge HC order

New Delhi: The CBI is considering to challenge in the Supreme Court the Gujarat High Court order acquitting 12 accused in the Haren Pandya murder case.

The high court in its August 29 order partly allowed the appeals of the 12 accused, acquitting them from the charges of murder while convicting them under section of criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder of IPC and relevant sections of Arms Act and POTA.

"The high court order is being examined by CBI for filing a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court against the order of the Gujarat High Court for partial acquittal of the accused persons," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said here on Friday.

The former Gujarat home minister was shot dead on March 26, 2003 from a close range in Law Garden area of Ahmedabad and CBI took over investigation of the case.

"Prior to this offence, an attempt was made on the life of a local VHP leader named Jagdish Tewari on March 11, 2003," she said.

According to Mishra, during investigation, CBI arrested 15 accused persons and on interrogation, it emerged that these two incidents were part of a single conspiracy to spread terror among people in the aftermath of the post-Godhra riots.

"The offenders were illegally sent to Pakistan by absconding accused Rasul Parti and Mufti Sufiyan Patangia (currently based in Pakistan) and trained at the behest of ISI of Pakistan," she said.