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Updated: August 10, 2013 04:37 IST

Ishrat case: Gujarat senior cop on the run

Darshan Desai
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P.P. Pandey
P.P. Pandey

He evaded arrest for three months, then appeared on a stretcher in a CBI court, subsequently came somewhat erect on a wheelchair seeking protection from arrest and when his anticipatory bail plea was rejected, quickly stood up and ran away in his car. And now he is on the run again — after being on the crutches of legal reprieve for some days — as all his options have failed.

This is not about a hardened criminal, but of 1982 batch IPS official Additional Director- General of Gujarat Police, CID (Crime and Railways), P.P. Pandey, who has been named a prime accused and proclaimed offender in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. The CBI has chargesheeted him and six other policemen for the encounter.

Ironically, the job of Mr. Pandey’s police wing is also to look out for absconding criminals.

And now, none other than Mr. Pandey’s boss, Director-General of Police Amitabh Pathak has issued instructions to all district police superintendents and commissioners to get the ADGP. He has issued official letters asking them to step up vigilance at railway stations, airports and all highway checkposts for Mr. Pandey. The DGP’s orders follow a CBI request for assistance in nabbing the police official.

Not only this, the CBI has also requested the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh police to keep a vigil for the official, who claims his lineage to freedom fighter Mangal Pandey from Uttar Pradesh.

Mr. Pandey appeared before a CBI court on July 29 on a stretcher after being on the run for three months during which he was declared a proclaimed absconder.

Later on Tuesday last, when he presented himself before the same court on a wheelchair, he called in two Muslims to push his wheelchair and tried to establish his secular credentials before the local media. When his bail plea was rejected by the trial court and within hours of his failed attempt to get relief from the Gujarat High Court, he disappeared yet again. On Thursday, even the Supreme Court rejected his interim plea for protection from arrest though it agreed to hear him again on August 12.

“Key conspirator”

Mr. Pandey was Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Ahmedabad, when Ishrat, her friend Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, and their associates Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were shot dead in cold blood in a staged encounter by Gujarat Crime Branch sleuths on June 15, 2004 on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

On July 3, the CBI filed its first charge sheet in which it called the encounter fake and Pandey named a key conspirator. The police officials had claimed that Ishrat and the others had connections with Lashkar-e-Taiba and they were on a mission to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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Escaping again on the blessings of powerful politicians,need not to name any, but to see the reality on ground and deal the matter according to law of the land. The need of the time is to uncover the architect behind that to meet justice.
It is high time that we the people of the country do not subject our selves to the design,rhetoric and emotional swayed away but to see the benefits and harm in going for any action.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 08:47 IST

Indian media's failure to expose the crimes, corruption and mockery that leading the police, politicians and those who are responsible continue to commit crimes against humanity, war crimes and collaborating to commit unspeakable crimes.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 16:44 IST

India has long way to get civilized as the law enforcement authorities and politicians are committing crimes and getting away from accountability!

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 16:40 IST

90% of police is communal and failed to protect the minority in communal
riots and indeed they involve themself with rioters to kill and loot
proterties. now pandey case is nothing stranded its just expose the fake
policing practive indian police department with judicial collution to
cook cases against innocent muslims

from:  abu hind
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 15:43 IST

So long as Modi is at the helm of affairs in Gujarat, full truth will till such time be subverted. Modi should step aside till such time a fair and complete investigation is completed. Some BJP supporters continue to argue that the issue before us is whether Ishrat Jahan is a terrorist or not and that encounter killing is not the issue. Even if a person is a criminal, no one has any right to kill him cold blood, without due process of law. All the officials who did the killing and the politicians who directed the killing must be brought to book and be duly punished.

from:  K V Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 15:15 IST

This is all about hardened criminals.

from:  Bimal
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 14:06 IST

Mr,Pandey,IPS,the ADGP of Gujarat Police will be following his political master's instructions and might be in a very safe place where the CBI can not enter.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 13:19 IST

There is nothing new in the fake encounter, 90% of the encounters taking
place all over India are managed one, the main issue is whether Ishrat
was involve in terrorist activities or not, the CBI is hiding facts, by
not putting the CD given by the FBI, wherein Hedley has accepted that
Ishrat was the member of the gang. So it is nothing but a high level
drama to accuse the Gujrat Govt.

from:  Nirvikar Goel
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 08:55 IST

Apart from Ishrat and her friend Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, two of their friends Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were also killed in the same 'encounter'. It is unfair to treat lightly the encounter killing of the latter two gentlemen. The fact that they were Pakistani's is not a justification enough for not inquiring into their deaths.

from:  Mohan Warrier
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 07:52 IST
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