New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has interrogated Intelligence Bureau Special Director Rajinder Kumar on Tuesday, in association with its investigation into the killing of a college student Ishrat Jahan, in a fake encounter, as the agency is planning to finalize its chargesheet in the case.
Kumar, who was already questioned by CBI once, has been questioned again for his alleged role in the fake encounter case in which a 19-year old student Ishrat was killed along with four others on June 15, 2004 by a team of Crime Branch officials on Ahmedabad's outskirts.
The agency questioned Kumar, a 1979-Batch IPS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre, as it claims to have evidence about his alleged involvement in the conspiracy.
The sources said the officer had earlier claimed in his defence that the intelligence input given by him which led to the encounter was a genuine one and giving input does not mean that he directed the police to carry out the encounter.
Gujarat police had alleged Ishrat was part of a terror outfit LeT module aiming at the life of Gujarat Chief Minister
The sources said, however, that the agency was not concentrating merely on the intelligence inputs. It added that they have enough leads which indicate towards Kumar's alleged involvement in the conspiracy, leading to the encounter, which was found to be fake by the Special Investigating Team constituted by the Gujarat High Court.
The sources said the focus of the agency's probe has been whether intelligence officers were active participants in the conspiracy behind the killing of Ishrat.
CBI's move to question Kumar had strained its relations with IB and Union Home Secretary RK Singh had to convene a meeting of CBI Director Ranjit Sinha and IB Chief Asif Ibrahim to discuss the issue in detail.

CBI had earlier 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.


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