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HC rejects plea to probe Pandya's murder again

HC rejects plea to probe Pandya's murder again

Haren Pandya was shot dead on March 26, 2003, near Law Garden area in Ahmedabad.

New Delhi: Gujarat High Court on Monday rejected application by Jagriti Pandya seeking reinvestigation into Haren Pandya murder case. Jagriti Pandya is widow of former Gujarat Home Minsiter Haren Pandya. Pandya was gunned down in 2003.

The Gujarat High Court on January 19 directed the CBI and the state government to file replies to a petition seeking re-investigations of murder of Haren Pandya. The court had said that petition filed by Pandya's wife, Jagriti, would be heard from February 6, and the CBI as well as the state should file replies by then.

Jagruti filed the petition last September, after a division bench dropped murder charges against 12 convicts in the case and criticised the investigation by CBI, calling it 'botched up' and 'blinkered'.

Both CBI and the government have challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court.

Pandya, a former state BJP minister, was shot dead on March 26, 2003, near Law Garden area in Ahmedabad while out on a morning walk.

After conviction by trial court, 12 accused approached the HC, which, on August 29, dropped charge of murder against them, but upheld the charges of criminal conspiracy and terrorism under POTA.

In her petition, Jagruti has claimed that CBI did not investigated the case properly, despite being provided with several leads. Questioning non-action against alleged masterminds Mufti Sufian Patangiya and Sohail Khan, Jagriti has categorically negated CBI’s theory that Pandya was murdered as a revenge for the 2002 riots. She has also dubbed CBI's decision to club the case of attack on VHP activist Jagdish Tiwari with Pandya's murder as wrong.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

first published:February 06, 2012, 13:59 IST