Ishrat case: PP Pandey surrenders before court

A day after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Supreme Court, Gujarat IPS officer PP Pandey, an accused in the IshratJahan encounter case, on Tuesday surrendered before a CBI court here.

A 1982-batch IPS officer, Pandey today appeared before the CBI court of additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) H S Khutwad and surrendered before the court.  The apex court had on Monday rejected the anticipatory bail of the additional director general of police (crime) Pandey, against whom a non-bailable warrant had been issued in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, saying his conduct in remaining absconding dis-entitled him for the relief.

 Pandey was earlier declared an absconder by a special CBI court here, and Gujarat DGP Amitabh Pathak had sought a report from the CID crime on him.  He was the joint commissioner of police (Crime), Ahmedabad, when Ishrat, a Mumbai-based student, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were gunned down by Crime Branch sleuths on 15 June, 2004, near here.  Meanwhile, CBI is ascertaining the authenticity of tapes with purported conversations of Gujarat government officials allegedly discussing ways to help the accused police personnel in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

The agency which has submitted the tapes to the trial court in Ahmedabad in a sealed cover might include these details in its supplementary charge sheet, which is likely to unveil the conspiracy behind the fake encounter, CBI sources said. They said it is very crucial to ascertain whether the people heard speaking in the tapes are the same persons who have been accused of making the remarks. The sources, however, were apprehensive whether these tapes would stand the scrutiny in the court.


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