Pandya murder: GPP wants CBI to probe again

The Keshubhai Patel-led Gujarat Parivartan Party on Tuesday demanded a re-investigation by CBI into the murder of former Gujarat minister Haren Pandya and said the "real killers" were still to be booked.

"The CBI should re-investigate the murder of Haren Pandya, who was Minister of State for Home in the (erstwhile) Gujarat government," Keshubhai told reporters after paying tributes to Pandya on his 10th death anniversary here.

The slain leader's wife, Jagruti Pandya, also sought re-investigation of the case by CBI. "I have said this earlier also and I reiterate it again that the CBI should probe the case again and bring to book the real killers. Nobody has been convicted in the case," Jagruti Pandya said.

"If the state government is with us, our demand will get a push," she said.

Jagruti had contested the state Assembly elections in December last on a GPP ticket from Ellisbridge, from where Haren Pandya was elected as MLA. Rakesh Shah of BJP is the sitting MLA from there.

Pandya was shot dead on March 26, 2003, near Law Garden area of the city when he had gone for a morning walk.

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