01 March, 2021

"Pranesh Was With Me In Kerala"

How could he have been in Pakistan when he was visiting me, asks Pranesh’s father

No Closure
Pranesh’s father Gopinatha
Photo by Indian Express
"Pranesh Was With Me In Kerala"

How can the Indian government or courts believe the US double agent David Headley and not the findings of an “honest judge” like S.P. Tamang, wonders Gopinatha Pillai, 75, father of Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh.

In 2009, Tamang, then metropolitan magistrate in Ahmedabad, had in his 247-page report said that the killing of Ishrat Jahan, Javed Sheikh and two others was a cold-blooded murder of innocents. Says Pillai, “Till 2013, I had gone 18 times to Gujarat to depose. I have never met home secretary G.K. Pillai or former minister P. Chidambaram. I’m sure Chidamabaram too will change his stance, now that his son has been linked to some case.”

Gopinatha Pillai recalls that in May 2004, his six-year-old grandson was with him during the holidays, and since he could not get train tickets to Pune, his son Pranesh agreed to drive down with his wife and two other children, the youngest barely six months old, so that Pillai could see them. “He and his wife Sajida, another relative, a young girl, and the two children came down from...

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