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NEW DELHI, 13 JUNE: A meeting of CBI and IB chiefs was held today following the probe agency’s decision to summon Special Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajinder Kumar in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.
The meeting was chaired by Union Home Secretary R K Singh which also saw a surprise presence of former CBI Chief A P Singh, who is, at present, member of Union Public Service Commission, according to official sources.
They said while IB Director Asif Ibrahim pressed for the need to maintain confidentiality in the ongoing probe, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha assured that the same would be done.
Mr Sinha said the CBI had enough evidence to back the summons issued to Mr Kumar, a 1979-batch Manipur-Tripura cadre IPS officer, seeking to examine him again in connection with the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case probe. In a related move, Mr Kumar has sought exemption from appearance before the CBI till Tuesday citing personal reasons.
The CBI had issued fresh notices to the officer 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. A decision about his custodial interrogation will be taken only after the fresh round of questioning.
According to CBI sources, the agency plans to file a charge-sheet soon in connection with the fake encounter.
During the last round of questioning which took place recently, the officer said the input was genuine to the best of his knowledge and there was threat to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s life in the aftermath of 2002 riots from the terror groups, especially LeT.
When asked about the encounter, the officer retorted at a CBI investigator saying giving input does not mean that police would start carrying out encounters. He said he did his duty by sending this alert and he was not at all involved in the encounter.
According to the sources, the role of the officer, who was posted in State Intelligence Bureau in 2004, had come under the scanner of the agency for the alleged fake input.
They said his statement would be crucial in finalising the charge-sheet in the Ishrat Jahan case as he was alleged to have played a crucial role in generating an intelligence input about purported LeT plan to eliminate Mr Modi.
The CBI on the instruction of Gujarat High Court took over the probe of the alleged fake encounter in which 19-year-old Ishrat, Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in Ahmedabad on 15 June 2004 allegedly by a Crime Branch team led by DIG DG Vanzara.
CBI files progress report before Gujarat HC
AHMEDABAD, 13 JUNE: The CBI today filed a progress report on its probe in the 2004 fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others, the hearing on which is scheduled for tomorrow.
“As directed by the court during the last hearing, investigating officer of CBI today filed the progress report of its probe in a sealed cover before Registrar (Judicial) Gujarat High Court,” said advocate Mr Yogesh Rawani, who is representing the Central agency.
On 10 May, a Division Bench of Justices Mr Jayant Patel and Mr Abhilasha Kumari monitoring the investigation, after expressing satisfaction over the probe, had granted more time to the agency and asked it to submit a progress report by today and also fixed the hearing of the case for 14 June.
Since the last hearing, the CBI has made significant progress in its investigations, having arrested suspended IPS officer and prime accused in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case D G Vanzara, who is now lodged in Sabarmati Central jail under judicial custody in this case. pti