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  • Ishrat case: CBI questions IB Spl Dir

    Published on June 18, 2013

    CBI grilled Intelligence Bureau Special Director Rajinder Kumar regarding his alleged role in the conspiracy to carry CBIout the fake encounter in which Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed nine years ago.

    CBI sources on Tuesday said they have evidence indicating that Kumar was one of the officers who had interrogated Ishrat when she was allegedly taken into illegal custody by Gujarat Police before being killed in the staged encounter.

    They said the officer was questioned at length with regard to the alleged interrogation and other inputs which suggest his role in the conspiracy leading to the encounter.

    The sources also said during questioning, Kumar was evasive and continuously repeated that he did not remember fine points about the incident as it happened nine years ago.

    This is the second time the IB officer has been grilled by CBI sleuths probing his suspected role in the fake encounter in which 19-year-old Ishrat was killed along with three others on 15th June 2004 allegedly by a team of Crime Branch officials on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

    Sources said Kumar, a 1979-batch IPS officer of Manipur- Tripura cadre, had allegedly generated intelligence input that a group of Lashkar terrorists are coming to Ahmedabad to target Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

    During the probe, CBI got indications that Kumar’s role was not limited to the input but also in the encounter which was declared fake by the Special Investigation Team constituted by the Gujarat High Court and inquiry conducted by a metropolitan magistrate, the sources said.

    They said the officer had claimed in his defence that the intelligence input given by him, which had led to the encounter, was genuine and giving input does not mean that he directed police to carry out the encounter.

    Gujarat Police had alleged that Ishrat was part of an LeT module which was going to target Modi.

    The sources said the focus of the agency’s probe has been on whether intelligence officers were active participants in the encounter.

    CBI’s move to question Kumar had strained its relations with IB and Union Home Secretary R K Singh had to convene a meeting of CBI Director Ranjit Sinha and IB chief Asif Ibrahim to discuss the issue.

    CBI had issued fresh notices to Kumar under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure as previous examination of the officer was not satisfactory and replies given by him, the agency said, appeared diversionary.

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