The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed senior IPS officer PP Pandey’s plea for anticipatory bail in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, saying the court had become a safe haven for such people.
Taking strong exception to Pandey’s conduct in remaining absconding, a bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan chided the officer for wasting the court’s time.
“This court has become a safe haven for such people. We have not been able to hear criminal appeals pending before us for years. It’s a sorry state of affairs. I am willing to say it on oath,” Justice Chauhan observed.
Pandey’s counsel, senior advocate Jaspal Singh, questioned the impartiality of CBI in the case but the bench refused to give credence to his contention.
Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, appearing for CBI, opposed the plea saying Pandey was an absconder and his whereabouts were unknown.
The SC had on August 8 declined Additional DGP Pandey — a 1982-batch IPS officer — interim relief but had given him protection from arrest till Monday. His plea for exemption from personal appearance was rejected by the trial court on August 7.
Relief for Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin case
The Supreme Court on Monday exempted BJP general secretary and Gujarat MLA Amit Shah from appearing on alternate Saturdays before CBI in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
Modifying its September 27, 2012 order, a bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said: “We are inclined to modify the said condition, while other conditions will stand.”
Though CBI objected to Shah’s plea, it could not satisfy the court’s query on whether Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s close aide had violated the bail conditions laid by the SC. Shah has recently been entrusted with the responsibility to oversee elections in Uttar Pradesh.