Ishrat Jahan case: CBI says it has evidence against IB officer

FPIshrat, 3 others were killed in ‘04

CBI director Ranjit Sinha Thursday claimed the agency has sufficient evidence against Intelligence Bureau special director Rajendra Kumar for his alleged involvement in the 2004 fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and four others.

As reported by The Indian Express Thursday, the move by the CBI to name Kumar as an "accused" in the case has sparked a row with IB director S A Ibrahim even complaining to the PMO.

On Thursday, home secretary R K Singh called the CBI director and IB director to discuss the controversy and defuse the situation. The agency said it will question Kumar on Tuesday and may not arrest him.

"We have evidence against Kumar and the agency's proceedings are as per the law," Sinha said after the meeting. According to the CBI, Kumar, who was then a joint director in the IB, colluded with the then Gujarat DGP K R Kaushik and then joint commissioner P P Pandey to generate the IB input that led to the encounter and was also involved in planning it.

The BJP said the CBI-IB dispute would hurt national security. "It has gone this far because Congress tried to misuse the IB for short-term political gains," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

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