The probe into the murder of Haren Pandya closed in just six months. But, as the POTA trial against 18 men progresses, too many doubts have arisen about the prosecution’s case. Sankarshan Thakur investigates. First published in Tehelka, 19 August 2006.
Fact: this is how Haren Pandya was found in his white Maruti 800 (GJ 1 AP 4606) near midtown Ahmedabad’s Law Gardens by Neelesh Bhatt, his secretary for close to two decades, a little after 10 on the morning of March 26, 2003: shot, sprawled, apparently dead, on the driver’s seat, his head rolled to the left, his feet almost stuck into the steering.