Ishrat Jahan case: CBI opposes Gujarat DGP PP Pandey's discharge plea

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday opposed the application of Gujarat's in-charge Director General of Police PP Pandey seeking a discharge in the Ishrat Jahan case.

Ishrat Jahan case: CBI opposes Gujarat DGP PP Pandey

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday opposed the application of Gujarat's in-charge Director General of Police PP Pandey seeking a discharge in the Ishrat Jahan case.

The investigative agency asserted that eyewitnesses have confirmed his involvement.

Pandey faces charges of criminal conspiracy, murder, abduction and illegal detention of four persons - Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Jishan Zohar and Amjad Ali Rana.


The CBI said it was still collecting evidence and recording statements, as the trial is yet to begin.

The alleged encounter took place when Pandey was holding a high position in the Gujarat Police, CBI pointed out.

Eyewitnesses Nizamuddin Saiyed and Avnish Thakur saw Pandey meeting Shaikh and Ishrat when they were detained at Khodiyar farmhouse. CBI also cited retired police inspector D H Goswami, who made a statement about Pandey's involvement in the conspiracy.

Pandey's application cited his reinstatement and promotion as in-charge DGP of Gujarat as one of the grounds to discharge him.

None of the 105 witnesses examined by the court named him, he said.

Pandey, now out on bail, also pointed out that a supplementary chargesheet filed by the CBI, in which Intelligence Bureau officials including the retired special director Rajinder Kumar were named as accused, is yet to be taken on record by the court.

Judge JK Pandya posted the matter for final order on 16 March.