Investigation into the killing of Mumbra teen Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004 has taken the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the doorstep of the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
On Wednesday, the CBI summoned Rajendra Kumar, IB joint director in Delhi, for questioning. Kumar, officials of the agency said, had provided a fake intelligence input which led to the encounter.
A senior officer of the Central Bureau of Investigation, who is involved in the probe, said Kumar, then a joint director of the IB in Gujarat, had alerted the Ahmedabad police that a group of terrorists trained by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba were on a mission to “target chief minister Narendra Modi”.
Soon after, the Ahmedabad crime branch personnel killed the four youths including Ishrat, claiming they were the terrorists.
“It is evident that the IB had connived with the Gujarat police and generated fake alerts,” said a senior police officer. “The police used those to bump off petty criminals like Sohrabuddin and Sadiq Jamal.”
Besides the Ishrat case, the investigating agency is also examining Kumar’s role in the fake encounter of Jamal.
The Central Bureau of Investigation is now widening its net. “Apart from the Gujarat police, other agencies were involved in the conspiracy which resulted in the fake encounter,” the CBI officer said.
As part of this, on Tuesday, the agency had interrogated Sudhir Brahmbhatt, chief public prosecutor of Ahmedabad sessions court and a politically well-connected lawyer.
The Gujarat high court had ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the Ishrat case after it was established the encounter was not genuine.
Subsequently, the Central Bureau of Investigation had arrested several officials, including a Gujarat IPS officer GL Singhal. But all got bail by default, as the agency did not file a chargesheet within the stipulated 90 days.