Gujarat: ‘Mystery man’ linked to Haren Pandya, Ishrat Jahan cases was home for Ramzan

"He was here during Ramzan," says Shaheen, Asad Kalyani's wife.

Asad is believed to be one of the 'mystery men', identified as C1 in the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. His whereabouts were not known till now.

A CBI team reached Asad's home here on Monday, after getting information that he was here. However, Asad gave them the slip. His family confirmed that he was here a month and a half ago when his father, Fazlukhan, died. He stayed back for Ramzan.

According to the CBI, Asad and Owaish — referred to as C1 and C2 — were used as decoys by the IB to lure encounter victims to Gujarat. The agency claimed to have evidence that these two were among the suspects picked up by the police in the Haren Pandya murder case of 2003 and sent as moles of the IB to train with the LeT in Pakistan. Asad's visit to Pakistan was confirmed by his family members when The Indian Express met them on Tuesday. Owaish is still untraceable.

A statement by inspector Bharat Patel, annexed to the chargesheet, said they were informers of the then crime branch ACP, G L Singhal, who handed them over to joint director of SIB, Gujarat, Rajinder Kumar. Asad has been dodging the CBI for the past three years.

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