The CBI this week questioned former Intelligence Bureau chief Nehchal Sandhu,now serving as deputy National Security Adviser,over the reasons why gangster Sadiq Jamal was shifted from Mumbai to Gujarat,where police killed him an alleged encounter.
CBI sources said they summoned Sandhu to their headquarters and questioned him as a witness. Sandhu was IB joint director (operations) when Sadiq was transferred and killed in 2003. He was confronted with statements made by former IB special directors Sudhir Kumar and Rajinder Kumar,both of whom had reportedly conceded the operation had been carried out with the knowledge of IB headquarters. Sandhu is believed to have replied his role was limited to passing on information he had received.
Jamal,who hailed from Gujarat,had arrived from Dubai in 2003 when he was arrested by Mumbai police. The handover to Gujarat came after IB reportedly sent an intelligence input that he was planning to attack senior BJP leaders; the Gujarat police claimed he had set out to kill Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.
The CBI asked Sandhu about the basis of the IB alerts. Based on his responses,officers said,they will again question former IB officers including Sudhir Kumar and Rajinder Kumar.