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CBI probing all angles into Ishrat case: CBI director

PTI  New Delhi, July 05, 2013
First Published: 16:56 IST(5/7/2013) | Last Updated: 17:00 IST(5/7/2013)
The CBI is probing "all angles" in the Ishrat Jahan case, including the statements of some witnesses claiming knowledge of political conspiracy behind the fake encounter, involving the Gujarat Police and the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau.
    
"We are investigating all the angles related to it," CBI director Ranjit Sinha said.
    
Sinha was asked whether the CBI is probing the statement given by deputy superintendent of police D H Goswami before the magistrate, where he reportedly claimed that the DIG of crime branch DG Vanzara had got the nod from Gujarat's political leadership for the encounter.
 
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Interpol conference on wildlife crimes organised here, Sinha said CBI is taking assistance from other agencies including National Investigation Agency(NIA) in its probe in the case.
 
He was replying to a question whether the agency has approached the NIA in connection with the claims of US citizen David Headley, a Mumbai attack mastermind, that Ishrat, who was killed in an encounter along with three others, was a Lashkar terrorist. The CBI in its first chargesheet has held that the 2004 encounter was fake.
 
Sinha said the Intelligence Bureau is also cooperating with the agency.
 
On the issue of the coal scam, where CBI's lawyer Uday U Lalit recused himself from representing the agency in the wake of an FIR being against Naveen Jindal and his company Jindal Steel and Power Limited, Sinha said the agency has engaged an Additional Solicitor General to represent it before the Supreme Court.
 
He refused to reply whether the CBI's case has been compromised, as Lalit could be privy to evidence collected by the agency against Jindal in this case.
    
Lalit has reportedly expressed his inability to participate in the highly sensitive proceedings since he has represented mining companies owned by Jindal, a Congress MP.
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