MeraNews Network, Mumbai: One of the witnesses, a Rajasthan-based gangster Aazam Khan, who had appeared in the special court hearing the infamous Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case, claimed that ex-IPS officer DG Vanzara had given the supari to Sohrabuddin to kill former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya. Sohrabuddin had allegedly teamed up with one Kalimuddin Saiyyed from Hyderabad for this killing.

Khan said that Sohrabuddin had previously told him that Vanzara had commissioned the hit job on the former home minister of Gujarat Haren Pandya. He further told the court that he had met Tulsiram Prajapati in jail during his sentence for the killing of Hamid Lala. Prajapati had allegedly broken down in front of Khan and told him that Vanzara backstabbed him and arrested him after buckling under political pressure. He claimed that he got to know of Sohrabuddin’s encounter while serving time in jail.

It is to be noted that Khan’s statement had countered the CBI and Gujarat Police’s claim in the charge sheet that Sohrabuddin’s killing was conducted upon the instructions of the marble lobby.

All the accused in the Haren Pandya murder case were acquitted by the high court and the CBI had not appealed against the order in the Supreme Court. Pandya’s wife, who had constantly that her husband’s assassination was a political murder, had later joined the BJP and is currently heading the Child rights panel in the government.