Ending speculation, the CBI on Friday said it would not arrest retired special director of Intelligence Bureau (IB), Rajinder Kumar, for his alleged involvement in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter.
The bureau said it would instead let the court decide the issue.
The CBI is set to name Kumar as an accused in its supplementary charge sheet that will deal with the conspiracy aspect and is expected this month, according to a senior CBI source. “Our probe is complete now and we have sufficient evidence to establish that Kumar was involved in the conspiracy and the later attempt to mislead courts.”
The source said, “The IB did not provide us the crucial logbooks having details on the movements of Kumar and other officials of the Subsidiary IB. But we have managed to establish their movements from their call details.”
A home ministry source, however, rejected allegations against Kumar, saying, “The IB, or Kumar, was not part of the alleged decision to kill the four in a fake encounter.”
The CBI had twice quizzed Kumar before filing the first charge sheet.
The agency has alleged that Kumar had attended a meeting in which the encounter had been plotted.
The CBI, meanwhile, has so far not been able to gather any clue to establish the identities of two of the deceased in the encounter, Amjad Ali and Jishan Johar.