The CBI sought permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to arrest Rajinder Kumar,former Special Director of the Intelligence Bureau,in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.
Rajinder Kumar,who retired as the Special Director of the IB on July 31,was the Joint Director heading the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) in Gujarat in 2004 when the Ahmedabad Crime Branch killed Ishrat Jahan,Javed Sheikh and two alleged Pakistanis Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar.
The CBI,that was likely to file a supplementary chargesheet in the first week of August,has now sought permission to further delay filing of the second chargesheet.
A source from CBI said,There were differences of opinion about Kumars summons or arrest and MHA had maintained that the CBI has to take permission from the ministry to summon or chargesheet Kumar. The evidence against Kumar have been presented before the MHA and permission has been sought to book him in the case based on these.
The CBI has also mentioned three other assistant intelligence officers Tarun Mittal,Rajeev Wankhede and M K Sinha who were also mentioned in the first chargesheet. Taking off from the investigation where the CBI stated that Ishrat Jahan and others were killed in a joint operation of the Gujarat Police and IB,the agency has presented more details on the roles played by the intelligence officers.
Sources said the CBI has stated that Kumar had grilled Amjad and Zeeshan after they were abducted and brought to Ahmedabad before the encounter. Kumar had also sent his team to Vasad toll booth in Anand to take custody of Ishrat and Javed. The SIB officers had also helped suspended IPS officer Girish Singhal in collecting the AK 47 rifle from their office.
Under Section 197 (Prosecution of Judges and Public Servants) of the CrPC,the CBI will have to seek sanction without which their chargesheet will have no sanctity in the court. If the MHA gives the nod,Kumar would be chargesheeted along with other SIB offices who aided the Gujarat police. Kumar is likely to be named for allegedly playing a crucial role in generating the intelligence input which led to the encounter that killed Ishrat and four others.
The police had claimed that the Central IB has generated an input stating that two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists were coming to Gujarat to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.