Plea in SC for fresh probe in Pandya case

Team SoOLEGAL 25 Jan 2019 12:30pm

Plea in SC for fresh probe in Pandya case

 A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), seeking court-monitored fresh investigation of the Haren Pandya murder case.

Haren Pandya, a former minister of state for home in the then Narendra Modi Government in Gujarat, was shot dead on March 26, 2003, in Ahmedabad near Law Garden area of the city during his morning walk.

a fresh probe cited the testimony of Azam Khan, a witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which now BJP President Amit Shah was arrested but was later absolved of all the charges.

The petition, which has arraigned Central government and CBI as parties, places reliance on the testimony of one of the witnesses in another controversial case – Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. As per the petition, the witness, Azam Khan, was produced as a prosecution witness and during his examination before the trial court on November 3, 2018 revealed that Sohrabuddin had told him that a contract to kill Haren Pandya had been given to him by a Gujarat cadre IPS officer DG Vanzara and that Sohrabuddin’s associate Tulsiram Prajapati along with one Naeem and a Shahid Rampuri had murdered Haren Pandya in pursuance of that contract.

A Special POTA (Prevention of Terrorist Activities, Act) court had in 2007 convicted all 12 accused and awarded life imprisonment. However, on August 29, 2011, the Gujarat High Court slammed the CBI for shoddy probe and acquitted all the accused. The CBI has challenged the acquittals in the Supreme Court.

Besides a fresh investigation into the murder, the petition also prayed for producing statement of Vanzara to the CBI and an inquiry into the conduct of officers who carried out the earlier investigation.

Tagged: DG Vanzara   Tulsiram Prajapati   Haren Pandya   Azam Khan   Sohrabuddin   Supreme Court   Amit Shah   BJP   Gujarat High Court   CBI   Narendra Modi  
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