SC to hear plea seeking new probe into murder of ex-Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya

The Supreme Court Friday posted for February 12 a petition seeking a fresh investigation into the murder of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in March 2003.

Haren Pandya was shot dead on March 26, 2003 in his car outside Ahmedabad’s Law Garden. His wife, Jagruti Pandya, had raised questions over the initial probe in the murder, which was handled by Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch under Deputy Commissioner of Police DG Vanzara. Vanzara has since retired.

A petition filed in the Supreme Court sought a fresh, court-monitored probe into the murder. The plea by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) says the need for a fresh probe had arisen in view of “some startling information that has recently come to light and has been extensively reported by the media regarding Mr Haren Pandya’s murder, information which was never investigated into by the investigating agency, the CBI”.…