Special CBI judge Gita Gopi rejected the anticipatory bail application of Pandey, who had gone underground for a few months after his name surfaced in the case.

The special court was hearing his application afresh on the directions of the Gujarat High Court which had restrained the CBI from arresting Pandey till August 6.

The 1982-batch IPS officer was Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Ahmedabad, when Mumbai-based Ishrat, 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 on the city outskirts.

The CBI had named seven Gujarat police officers including Pandey in the chargesheet.


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