Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate HS Khutwad rejected Pandey's application seeking exemption from appearance in court. As Pandey failed to present himself on Wednesday, a non-bailable warrant was issued against him.

The court also rejected Pandey's prayer that it should declare as illegal the CBI chargesheet against him as there had been no government sanction behind the same.

"As established through various Supreme Court rulings, a public servant cannot be given protection under Section 197 of the CrPC if he is facing charges of criminal offence," the CBI court observed.


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