IB officer Rajinder Kumar, a suspect in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, has been forced to go on leave till he retires at the end of July.
Kumar, who had allegedly supplied information that led to the encounter, has been in the eye of the storm and the CBI and the IB have been at loggerheads over bringing him to book. To avoid further friction, the agency has been waiting for Kumar’s retirement to chargesheet him in the case.
“Following the July 4 CBI charge sheet, which dubbed the encounter as a joint operation of IB and Gujarat police, the Union home ministry has directed Kumar to stop attending office till he retires,” said a senior official.
In its preliminary charge sheet, the CBI has not named Kumar as an accused, but observed his role in the abduction and illegal confinement of Ishrat and three others. He also allegedly supplied the weapon that was planted at the encounter site.
Kumar to be questioned
The CBI may soon examine Rajinder Kumar as part of its probe into the Sadiq Jamal fake encounter case. Jamal had been illegally detained and killed in January 2003.