New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea of senior Gujarat IPS officer PP Pandey challenging CBI probe in 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

The Apex Court did not find fault with the Gujarat High Court order of December 1, 2011 handing over the probe to the CBI from Special Investigating Team (SIT) which had concluded that Ishrat and three others were killed in a fake encounter.

A bench comprising Justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Kurian Joseph said it did not find substance with the submissions of Pandey's counsel that High Court has not given reasons for handing over the probe to the CBI.

Further, the bench said Pandey's plea challenging the High Court order was "too late" as he moved the Apex Court after more than two years. "You should have approached the court within a reasonable time. Much water has flown since the order was passed," the bench said, adding, "It is too late and you should have challenged the order on day one".

Pandey approached the Apex Court after the High Court dismissed his plea and also declared him an absconder in the Ishrat case.


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