Gujarat cadre senior IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma – who assisted CBI to probe the Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case – has denied allegations of torture and harassment levelled by former under secretary of home ministry and instead accused him of making false claims at the instance of senior Intelligence Bureau officer Rajinder Kumar, accused in the murder case.
Verma said RVS Mani had made the baseless charges against him to defend the IB officials who have been charged by the CBI for abetting Ishrat Jehan’s “pre-meditated” murder.
Mani, at present posted with the ministry of urban development – had in an affidavit before the Supreme Court accused Verma of “mentally and administratively” harassing him and coercing him to sign a false statement to implicate senior IB officers. A chargesheet against Kumar was filed in the case after CBI recorded Mani’s statement on June 22, 2013.
He filed his affidavit in the case related to Gujarat IPS officer NK Amin’s petition seeking to quash murder charges against him in the Ishrat murder case.
Verma chose to respond even though CBI has refrained from replying to Mani’s claim. He said the allegations against him are meant to discredit the investigation exposing the conspiracy behind the “pre-meditated” murder. Verma said he wasn’t the only one to question Mani in June last. There were other CBI officers who recorded his statement on June 22.
Referring to his recent affidavit in the SC, Verma questioned Mani’s credibility and said his ulterior motive was to defend Kumar, who was IB’s special director at the time of the incident.
Verma added he had no ill-will against any person in the case and that the investigation was subsequent to the state HC directions and under its supervision.