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MHA hints it will shield IB officer

In its last ditch effort to save Intelligence Bureau special director Rajender Kumar,the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 29, 2013 4:28:02 am

In its last ditch effort to save Intelligence Bureau special director Rajender Kumar,the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said there was no “meeting of minds” between Kumar and the Gujarat Police and the CBI cannot name the IB officer in their chargesheet without seeking a prior approval from the Home Ministry.

Defending Kumar,Home Ministry officials said it is important for the CBI to prove that there was a meeting of minds between Kumar and the Gujarat Police to charge him for conspiracy of murder.

“The CBI has shared evidence with the Home Ministry after which the ministry told the CBI that this does not show Kumar was part of conspiracy to carry out the encounter. There is not enough evidence against the senior IPS officer,” a senior official said.

However,the CBI has not sought sanction from the ministry to prosecute Kumar. Officials said the CBI was planning to arrest him after his retirement on July 31 without asking for sanction.

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