Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on a petition filed by Additional DGP PP Pandey seeking quashing of an FIR against him by CBI in connection with 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

Justice Harsha Devani adjourned the hearing to June 28 after the probe agency opposed the hearing on grounds that a division bench of this court was already hearing the encounter case and hence Pandey's petition should also be placed before the same bench.

A division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari in December 2011 ordered CBI to take over the investigation.

"Satisfy this court that how a division bench monitoring the investigation can looks into a petition seeking to quash an FIR,” Justice Harsha Devani observed.

The FIR, filed by CBI in Ishrat case, alleges that Pandey provided the "so-called crucial intelligence inputs" to the fellow officers which said that Ishrat, a college student, and three others were LeT operatives and were on a mission to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Pandey, as the Joint Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad, was heading the crime branch when Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter on the city outskirts on June 15, 2004.

Pruthvi Pal Pandey, a 1982-batch IPS officer, who was declared an absconder by the CBI court on June 21, has claimed in his petition that he had merely passed on the intelligence input that Rana, Shaikh and Johar were terrorists and were planning to enter the city to kill Modi.

(Agencies)

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