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CBI likely to book intelligence officer for conspiracy to murder Ishrat Jahan

CBI likely to book intelligence officer for conspiracy to murder Ishrat Jahan

New Delhi: CBI Director Ranjit Sinha said CBI had enough evidence that one of the most senior officials in the Intelligence Bureau was involved in the fake encounter of 19-year-old college student Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in Gujarat in 2004.

"We have evidence that will stand legal scrutiny," CBI Director Ranjit Sinha told a news channel on Thursday about Rajendra Kumar, currently Special Director with the Intelligence Bureau. He is scheduled to retire next month.

A meeting of chiefs of CBI and IB was held Thursday following the probe agency's decision to summon Special Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajinder Kumar in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

The meeting was chaired by Union home secretary R K Singh which also saw a surprise presence of former CBI chief A P Singh, who is at present member Union Public Service Commission, official sources said.

The sources said while the IB director Asif Ibrahim pressed for the need to maintain confidentiality in the ongoing probe, CBI director Ranjit Sinha assured that the same would be done.

Sinha said CBI had enough evidence to back the summons issued to Kumar, a 1979-batch Manipur-Tripura cadre IPS officer, seeking to examine him again in connection with the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case probe.

In a related move, Kumar has sought exemption from appearance before CBI till Tuesday citing personal reasons.

CBI had issued fresh notices to the officer under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure as previous examination of the officer was not satisfactory and replies given by him, the agency said, appeared diversionary.

A decision about his custodial interrogation will be taken only after the fresh round of questioning.

CBI sources said the agency plans to file charge sheet soon in connection with the fake encounter.

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