P P Pandey a key accused in Ishrat Jahan encounter case
The Gujarat government on Saturday defended the appointment of P P Pandey in its affidavit, filed in high court. Pandaywho is an accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case is currently appointed as the Director General of Police in-charge.
Former police officer Julio Rebeiro has challenged Pandey's appointment. He had served as DGP in Gujarat, and later acquired 'supercop' title for battling insurgency in Punjab. Rebeiro contends that Pandey may interfere in the investigation against him by influencing the witnesses.
The government however claimed that no such thing had happened ever since he took over as the in-charge DGP. The contentions in the PIL filed by Rebeiro were not valid as Pandey had been appointed on a temporary basis, government affidavit said.
Pandey, currently director of the Anti Corruption Bureau, is holding an additional charge as state DGP since April following the unexpected transfer of P C Thakur to Delhi. The affidavit justified the appointment saying that Pandey was the most suitable IPS officer for the in-charge DGP's post.
His bail conditions also not mentioned that he cannot be given a promotion or made an in-charge DGP, government stated in its reply. The special CBI court also granted bail to Pandey in February in the Ishrat fake encounter case.
The division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi later posted the PIL for hearing on June 15.