Senior Intelligence Bureau officer Rajinder Kumar may challenge any possible move by CBI to name him in its chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. Official sources said the Home Ministry is understood to have advised Kumar,a special director in the IB,to challenge the possibility on the issue of not obtaining prior sanction from the Home Ministry to take action against him.
Sources said though Kumar may not be named in the first chargesheet to be filed by CBI on July 4,his name may come up in the next phase which will deal with the larger conspiracy of carrying out the fake encounter in which Ishrat and three others were killed in Gujarat nine years ago. Kumar may ask the court to make the Home Ministry a party in his plea. The sources said the Home Ministry was convinced that the CBI does not have enough evidence to prosecute Kumar in the alleged fake encounter case and it was unlikely to give sanction to CBI to prosecute the senior IPS officer.
However,the CBI has not sought the sanction from the Home Ministry,which is the cadre controlling authority of IPS officers. CBI was entrusted with the investigations of the case by the Gujarat HC and the agency managed to get one of the accused as an approver in the case,who named Kumar,a 1979 batch IPS officer posted as Joint Director of IB in Ahmedabad at that time.