New Delhi: Gujarat Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) PP Pandey on Tuesday surrendered in a CBI court in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. This comes a day after the Supreme Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea, saying his conduct in remaining absconding dis-entitled him for the relief.
“Your conduct itself makes you dis-entitled for this plea (bail),” a bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan said while referring to Pandey’s behaviour of not submitting to the jurisdiction of the trial court which had issued a non-bailable warrant against him.
Additional DGP Pandey, a 1982-batch IPS officer, has been named as an accused in the 2004 fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others. The apex court had on August 8 refused to grant interim protection from arrest to Pandey till August 12.
The trial court had on August 7 rejected his plea for exemption from personal appearance and issued a non-bailable warrant against him after he failed to appear before it. Pandey, who was declared absconder, had appeared before the special CBI court in Ahmedabad on July 29 on the direction of the apex court.
Pandey, as the Joint Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad, was heading the Crime Branch when Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter allegedly with Gujarat Police on the city outskirts on June 15, 2004.
(With additional information from PTI)