Pandian leads pack of Dirty Harrys in riches

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Suspended IPS officer Rajkumar Pandian, who is lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, is the richest in terms of immovable property among all the police officers under probe for encounter killings in the state, an RTI query has revealed.

According to annual property returns submitted by the IPS officers in Gujarat for 2011, Pandian owns immovable properties worth a total of Rs 1.65 crore in his native place of Meluridiapatti in Tamil Nadu's Madurai district, Prahladnagar in Ahmedabad, Palam Vihar in Gurgaon and Vasajada Kalol in Gandhinagar district.

Superintendent of police Girish L Singhal, a prime suspect in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, owns immovable properties worth Rs 1.51 crore, including a flat at Manichandra Society in Thaltej area of Ahmedabad, stated as bought by his wife.

The third richest among the fallen encounter specialists is suspended SP Vipul Aggrawal, jailed in the Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case. He own properties worth a total of Rs 1.15 crore, including properties in Ashok Vihar in New Delhi worth Rs 95 lakh and a flat worth Rs 20 lakh located at Florence Residency at Sola in Ahmedabad, which he purchased in 2007 in the name of his wife Kavita.

These details have been obtained by Mumbai-based NGO Kutch Ladayak Manch, which is run by Ramesh Joshi, a native of Kutch district. Joshi said the government only provided statements filed for the year 2011.

Interestingly, DIG Rajnish Rai who arrested encounter specialists D G Vanzara, Pandian and Rajasthan's Dinesh M N in the Sohrabuddin encounter case in 2007, has declared that he owns only a flat in New Delhi which he purchased in 2002 at the cost of Rs 6.63 lakh.

Satish Verma, a DIG whose probe played a key role in establishing the Ishrat Jahan killing as a case of staged encounter, owns no immovable property, going by the papers he has submitted. He claims he "booked a flat located in Broun Avenue of Maple Country-2 scheme in Ahmedabad of Ganesh Housing Corporation in 2010, however, it's not ready yet, thus not purchased."

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