The CBI team probing the Ishrat Jahan encounter case has sought to examine three NIA officers who recorded the statement of 26/11 suspect David Coleman Headley in the US in 2010.
While the NIA is learnt to have told the home ministry that Headley did not name Ishrat in his interrogation report,an unsigned report being circulated as his testimony claimed that Headley had admitted that Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi had told him in 2005 about the failed operation involving Ishrat and the men who were killed with her in 2004.
When contacted,a top CBI official confirmed the move,but declined to divulge any details.
NIA DG Sharad Kumar is believed to have cited the confidentiality clause with the US government in the Headley case,according to which evidence collected in the 26/11 probe cannot be used in any other case.
CBI sources said the agency may move court if they were not allowed to examine the officers. The issue may be referred to the home ministry. Sources said a decision will be taken only after Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde,who is on medical leave,returns.
The three-member NIA team was headed by IG Loknath Behera who earlier served with the CBI.