Complainant in Pandya murder case to move apex court for reprobe

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Janaksinh Parmar, the complainant in the Haren Pandya assassination case who believes that the killing was political, plans to move the Supreme Court demanding a reinvestigation on these grounds.

Parmar was suspended from the Gujarat BJP on June 29 for "anti-party" activities, but he claimed he was never sent an official communique to this effect.

Parmar, a loyal Pandya supporter, was convenor of the city BJP sports cell. Soon after his suspension, he sat on a two-day fast demanding reinvestigation of the murder. He now plans to join a rival party to seek justice for Pandya whom he calls his "political guru".

In an interview with The Indian Express on Wednesday, Parmar said, "I have always said it is a political murder, you can see it in the files. I first said this before the (Ahmedabad) crime branch, which was then under D G Vanzara (which probed the case first), the second time before CBI officer Sushil Gupta and then in the court of judge Sonia Gokani."

The trial court had sentenced nine for life in this case, which went for appeal in the Gujarat High Court.

Last year, the HC acquitted Asgar Ali and 11 others of murder charges, though they were convicted for other smaller offences. The HC had observed in its order that the CBI "botched up" the probe.

Parmar said the acquittal of Ali was indicative that the probe went in the wrong direction. "It was proved that it was a political murder after Asgar Ali was released. If the real people were caught, there might have been death sentence or a life term," he said.

He claimed that Pandya's murder will be an issue even in the coming Assembly elections because "this is a very serious issue". "Since I am the complainant, I will approach the SC as per procedure. This will not only be justice for Haren Pandya but for the whole Gujarat and national BJP because he was a soldier of the party."

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