CBI Should Move SC in Pandya Case: Gujarat Govt

CBI Should Move SC in Pandya Case: Gujarat Govt
The CBI should take Haren Pandya murder case to the Supreme Court in appeal, Gujarat government's spokesperson, Jay Narayan Vyas, said here today.

Vyas also quipped that CBI "works under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister".

"The High Court has released the accused on technical grounds (from murder charge), so the CBI should take this matter further to the Supreme Court," Vyas, also the state health minister, said talking to reporters here.

"And it (CBI) should ensure that whoever are the accused and found guilty are given the strictest of the punishment," he said.

Two days ago, Gujarat High Court dropped charges of murder against the 12 persons who had been convicted for murder of Haren Pandya, former minister of state for Home, in 2003. High Court upheld the conviction for criminal conspiracy and offences under POTA.

When asked for government's reaction to the demand of Jagruti Pandya (Haren Pandya's wife) that the case should be probed afresh, Vyas said: "Within hours of Pandya's murder, state government had asked for independent CBI inquiry, and succeeded in getting it.

"Therefore, as far as we are concerned, the state government has done whatever was required to be done right on day one."

"Haren Pandya was a senior BJP leader, a member of BJP family, and we were as much pained as anyone in the family could be, because of his assassination and death," Vyas said.

When asked if Gujarat Chief Minister was yet to reply to Jagruti Pandya's request for re-investigation (which she said she had made a year ago), Vyas said, "When a process is going on, and CBI is investigating... The CBI works under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister.

"So when, an independent agency is getting into this matter, these kind of questions, though they make one a bit sentimental, do not have much relevance. There was no option but to wait for the CBI probe to get over.

"It is unfortunate that on some technical grounds the guilty could not be brought to book (on murder charge) in the High Court," he said.

"The remedy is that CBI must challenge this in the Supreme Court, and ensure that the guilty are brought to book and are awarded the strictest punishment," he said.
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