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Ishrat case: Digvijaya links IB officer with L K Advani,Narendra Modi

Congress leader makes veiled suggestions about Rajinder Kumar's links with top BJP brass.

Written by D K Singh | New Delhi | Published: July 11, 2013 3:01:50 am

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday sought to embroil top brass of the opposition BJP,including L K Advani,Sushma Swaraj and Narendra Modi in the ongoing controversy about the alleged role of a senior Intelligence Bureau officer in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

“The CBI chargesheet mentions the involvement of (IB Special Director) Rajinder Kumar who had worked closely with Swaraj Kaushal (husband of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj) and was posted at IB,Chandigarh,when Modi was general secretary in charge of Himachal Pradesh. When Advani was the Union Home Minister,he was appointed Joint Director,IB,Ahmedabad,” Singh told The Indian Express. Trying to find out if Ishrat was a terrorist: Shinde

Asked whether he was linking top BJP leaders with Kumar,he said,“I am not saying anything. I am only stating facts. Is it not a fact that Kumar was a close associate of Swaraj Kaushal when he was a Governor in the Northeast (in Mizoram)? Is it not a fact that under Advani,Kumar was posted in IB,Ahmedabad? Is it not a fact that G L Singhal (then ACP in Ahmedabad) has said in his statement to the CBI that Kumar was involved in helping the Gujarat Police in the fake encounter?”

The Congress leader’s veiled suggestions about Kumar’s links with BJP leaders came days after he had reportedly alleged that the whole idea of the Gujarat Police and Kumar working together was only to raise the pitch and leadership of the Gujarat Chief Minister “so that he becomes a hero in the mind of all people who believe that terrorism and acts of terror are only being done by the Muslims”. Singh later met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to demand clarification whether Ishrat Jahan had any links with terror outfit LeT.

“Only media has written that (26/11 terror attack accused) David Headley named Ishrat Jahan. This leak came only two days after Headley had been interrogated in the US. I feel very strongly the way media is being briefed by agencies like the CBI,IB and NIA,which is creating confusion in the minds of the people about fake encounter,” Singh said.

Asked about his allegation that the BJP was attempting to communalise politics in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections,he said,“The BJP and Sangh Parivar have been oscillating between their ideological stance marked by religious fundamentalism on the one side and,on the other side,Gandhian socialism,which was part of the BJP resolution in Gandhinagar in 1982. They have realised that it (Gandhian socialism) is not paying and therefore,they are going back to the other extreme and raising pitch of religious fundamentalism. And,in this,who would be best bet than Modi?”

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