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Why has CBI spared IB officer: lawyer

PTI  Ahmedabad, July 03, 2013
First Published: 19:26 IST(3/7/2013) | Last Updated: 21:38 IST(3/7/2013)

The lawyer of one of the four people killed in a police encounter in the Ishrat Jahan case which the CBI established as fake on Wednesday expressed surprise that Rajinder Kumar, a Special Director of Intelligence Bureau, was not named in its first chargesheet itself.

Mukul Sinha, lawyer for Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, alleged there was political pressure behind Kumar not being made an accused in the first chargesheet submitted in the 2004 Ishar Jahan encounter case.

"I am surprised his (Kumar) name was not there," he added.

Sinha said Kumar should not only be named but also arrested especially when the CBI submitted in its charge sheet that the fake encounter was a "joint operation" between Gujarat police and Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB).

"It is a clever method of hiding the truth as far as the actual culprits are concerned," Sinha said, and alleged that Kumar is one of the main accused.

The chargesheet, however, said investigation is on against Kumar and other four officers of the IB.

The court of additional chief judicial magistrate HS Khutwad was also told that a supplementary charge sheet would be filed against IB officers once the investigation was over.

Besides Ishrat, a 19-year old college girl and Shaikh, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in the encounter near Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

Kumar has already been questioned twice by CBI triggering a row between the probe agency and the IB.

Gopinatha Pillai, father of Javed, welcomed the chargesheet and said he was happy that the investigators had come out with the truth.

"I am happy to know that my son's innocence is being proved," he told a TV channel from his home at Thamarakkulam near Mavelikkara in Alappuzha district.

Pillai said he believed that justice would be delivered in the case.

An ex-serviceman, Pillai said the charge sheet filed by CBI gave him hope that his son's innocence would be proved as he had always held.

Pillai said based on the findings of the CBI, it was difficult to believe that Gujarat hief minister Narendra Modi was not aware of what had happened.

"I always believed that Modi was aware of the encounter," he said.


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