press trust of india
NEW DELHI, 28 JUNE: The Home Ministry is not convinced that the CBI has evidence to arrest or prosecute a top Intelligence Bureau officer in the conspiracy to carry out the fake encounter in which Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in Gujarat, nine years ago.
A senior Home Ministry official said the investigating agency has shared the evidence it has against IB Special Director Rajender Kumar and conveyed its intention to arrest him in the infamous case. The Home Ministry also made it clear that the evidence against Kumar was not sufficient to give sanction to the CBI to prosecute Kumar in the alleged fake encounter case.
However, the CBI has not sought sanction from the Home Ministry, which is the cadre controlling authority of IPS officers, to prosecute Kumar.
Meanwhile, CBI sources said they do not need sanction from the Home Ministry to prosecute Kumar as the case in point is of an alleged fake encounter which is not the part of the duty of any government officers.
CBI sources said even in some case of alleged fake encounters which took place in Punjab and were probed by the CBI, no sanction of prosecution was
needed.