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Thursday, 8 September 2011

CBI may reinvestigate the Haren Pandya Murder Case


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will reinvestigate the Haren Pandya Murder Case, if so desired by the Supreme Court.

The CBI got the green signal from the home minister to move a special leave petition in the Supreme Court of India to challenge last month's Gujarat High Court judgment which acquitted 12 accused of the murder charge.

Stung by the HC's castigation of CBI for its sloppy investigation, CBI chief A P Singh met Chidambaram on Monday to discuss further course of action. Sources said Singh gave a detailed half-hour presentation in the presence of a legal expert where he admitted to loopholes in the investigation resulting in gross miscarriage of justice.

The discussed veered around to the view that the agency should not shy away from re-investigation, if directed by the Supreme Court. This is a demand which has already been raised by the victim's family members. Interestingly, the Brahma Samaj in Gujarat has also jumped into the fray and has demanded that a fresh probe be ordered. Leaders of the Brahmin community are scheduled to state a protest at Law Garden on Wednesday evening, at the same spot where Pandya was shot dead on the morning of March 26, 2003. The community is also expected to intervene in the case, when the CBI approaches the SC, and had already lined up a senior lawyer for the purpose.

Meanwhile, three senior Congress leaders of Gujarat - Shankarsinh Vaghela, Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhvadia - also met Chidambaram in New Delhi on Tuesday and represented the feelings of family members and the community. They added that even the Gujarat government had suggested on the day of HC judgment that CBI should go to the apex court.

While Chidambaram promised to expedite the matter, a highly-placed CBI source said there were sufficient grounds for re-investigation as fresh leads had been obtained about the Pandya killers during subsequent investigations of fake encounters in Gujarat.

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