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Pandya murder: SC rejects plea to quiz Modi

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by slain Gujarat BJP leader Haren Pandya’s father seeking interrogation of state Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2003 murder of his son. Satya Prakash reports.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2009 01:48 IST
Satya Prakash

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by slain Gujarat BJP leader Haren Pandya’s father seeking interrogation of state Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2003 murder of his son.

“We are very sorry that a father has to come here… anyone can visualise the feeling of a father…But there should be some basis in the allegation,” a bench headed by Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan said, while dismissing the petition filed by the slain BJP leader’s father, Vithallbhai Pandya.

Pandya was shot dead by assailants in Ahmedabad on March 26, 2003 when he was getting down from his car for a morning walk. The CBI later arrested 12 people including three from Hyderabad, who the police claimed were contract killers who killed Pandya.

Vithallbhai Pandya had approached the SC challenging a June 2008 Gujarat High Court order refusing to issue a direction for examining Modi’s role in the murder.