Ahmedabad: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ahmedabad on Wednesday approved a discharge plea filed by former Gujarat director general of police (DGP) P.P. Pandey in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

In his discharge petition, Pandey cited Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), stating that the investigating agency had failed to take the permission of the state before arresting him and filing a charge sheet.

Pandey, who was released on bail in February 2015 after spending 19 months in jail, and others were charged with murder, intimidation and conspiracy in the killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004, when he was joint commissioner of the crime branch. The Gujarat police officers accused in the case said the four had been Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists.

Pandey was later appointed DGP and was granted an extension at the time of his retirement, but he resigned following a petition against his reinstatement that reached the Supreme Court.