New Delhi August 12;The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of senior IPS officer P.P. Pandey, against whom a non-bailable warrant has been issued, in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, saying his conduct in remaining absconding dis-entitled him for the relief.
“Your conduct itself makes you dis-entitled for this plea (bail),” a bench headed by Justice B S Chauhan said while referring to Pandey’s behaviour of not submitting to the jurisdiction of the trial court which had issued a non-bailable warrant against him.
Senior advocate Jaspal Singh, appearing for Pandey, raised questions on the impartiality of CBI in the case but the bench refused to give credence to his contention.
The bench also expressed its anger over such high-profile persons approaching the apex court for seeking relief which consume a lot of time at the cost of poor litigants who have to wait for justice.
“This court has become a safe haven for such people. We have not been able to hear criminal appeals pending before us for years. It’s a sorry state of affair. I am willing to say it on oath,” Justice Chauhan observed.
The bench further raised question on the maintainability of Mr. Pandey’s petition in view of his being an absconder in the case.
Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, appearing for CBI, vehemently opposed the plea saying he has become an absconder for the second time in the case and his whereabouts are not known.
“Let him disclose where he is and we will pick him up,” she said.
Additional DGP Pandey, a 1982-batch IPS officer, has been named as an accused in the 2004 fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others.