CBI seeks MHA nod to arrest ex-IB man

The CBI sought permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs to arrest Rajinder Kumar,former Special Director of the Intelligence Bureau,in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: August 7, 2013 12:27 am

The CBI sought permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs 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 Ishrat Jahan,Javed Sheikh and two alleged Pakistanis Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed.

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 the CBI said,“There were differences of opinion about Kumar’s 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.

Meanwhile,the CBI has concluded that the first affidavit filed by the government in 2009 was allegedly drafted at the behest of Rajender Kumar. The agency,which recently received the files pertaining to the affidavits from MHA,said that after analysing the files it is clear that Kumar allegedly mislead the government over the alleged fake encounter.

The agency has drawn a blank on the nationality of Amjad and Zeeshan. A reward of Rs 5 lakh has been announced for information on the two,suspecting they were Indian nationals.

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