An Apex Court bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan, while dismissing Pandey's plea, said, "You are a absconder earlier also. Your conduct makes you disentitled to anticipatory bail."

As senior counsel Jaspal Singh sought to make a point, Justice Chauhan said, "I can say it on oath that we are not devoting even five percent of our time for the common man. It is senior counsel and criminals who take up most of the time."

Ishrat, a Mumbai-based student, her friend Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, and their associates Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were gunned down by Crime Branch sleuths on June 15, 2004 near. According to CBI, the encounter, a joint operation by Gujarat Police and Intelligence Bureau, was fake.

(Agencies)

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