The Gujarat government told the high court on Tuesday it would challenge in the Supreme Court its verdict acquitting all the 12 accused in the murder of former home minister Haren Pandya.
The state government told the court during the hearing of the plea of Pandya’s widow, Jagruti, who has sought reinvestigation into the 2003 killing after the acquittal of the accused, who had earlier been convicted by a POTA court in 2007.
However, on August 29, a division bench of the Gujarat high court acquitted all the convicts and slammed the CBI for a “botched-up and blinkered probe that had left a lot to be desired”.
Meanwhile, Jagruti Pandya has slammed the Gujarat government for its “double standards” on the issue and accused the state of “trying to create obstacles when she has filed a petition seeking reinvestigation”.
“When the high court verdict came, the state government said it had nothing to do with it because the case was probed by the central agency CBI. When I sought reinvestigation, the same state government is saying it would challenge the court verdict. Why this double talk?” she asked.
Meanwhile, legal experts have expressed the view that the state government has no locus standi in the matter and thus it cannot challenge the high court verdict because the CBI had probed the matter.
“How can the state of Gujarat challenge it when the prosecuting agency is the CBI,” a lawyer connected with the case asked.