The police brass is feeling the heat in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.
After summoning Intelligence Bureau (IB) special director Rajinder Kumar, the CBI has now asked retired IPS officer KR Kaushik to join the probe.
Kaushik was Ahmedabad police commissioner in June 2004 when the Mumbai college girl was killed along with three alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives in an encounter. The police claimed they were planning a hit on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
“Kaushik has been summoned for recording of his statement as an accused,” a CBI official said.
Kumar, a 1979-batch IPS officer slated to retire in July, is likely to appear before CBI sleuths on Friday. He headed the IB’s Ahmedabad unit at the time of the encounter.
Besides, the agency on Tuesday approached a CBI court in the Gujarat city seeking to declare senior Gujarat police officer PP Pande an absconder after the Supreme Court dismissed his petition seeking quashing of an FIR against him in the case.
The CBI had questioned Kumar earlier too and the second round has created unease in the IB. According to sources there, he is fast becoming collateral damage in the CBI probe.
“Why only Rajinder Kumar, the CBI should also question the then director and joint director (operations) in the IB as Kumar was not working in isolation,” said one official on condition of anonymity.
According to CBI sources, Kumar's questioning is necessary to find out under what circumstances he issued an alert on the possibility of attack on Modi.
Investigators believe the intelligence alert issued by Kumar was meant to facilitate the staged killings. Kumar had passed on the alert to Kaushik orally and he in turn to Pande. Pande then passed it on to a police team headed by DG Vanjara that gunned down the team in the outskirts of Ahmedabad.