CBI Court rejects arrest warrant plea against top cop

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(UNI) A special CBI court today rejected a plea seeking arrest warrant against senior police officer P P Pande in connection with Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case of 2004.

In its petition, the CBI submitted before Special Judge H S Khutwad that the agency visited Mr Pande’s home twice but he was not available, so an arrest warrant be issued against him. The judge rejected the petition saying that since Mr Pande is a senior government official, an arrest warrant is not required. Moreover, the CBI has enough powers to proceed in the case.

A 1980 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, Mr Pande is currently posted as the additional DG, CID (crime) Gujarat. Earlier, he was grilled by the probe agency regarding his role in the encounter case.

The CBI has named 20 police officers including G L Singhal, Tarun Barot, former police commissioner K R Kaushik and former senior police officer D G Vanzara who is in jail in connection with Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case of 2005.

Ishrat and Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai were killed along with two others Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana on June 15, 2004 in an alleged encounter by the city crime branch sleuths near Kotarpur waterworks on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. After the shoot-out, cops dubbed them as Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operatives out to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi. UNI

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