Ishrat case: MHA approval for examining NIA officials awaited
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is waiting for union home ministry’s response on the issue of examining its officials by the CBI in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2013 23:28 IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is waiting for union home ministry’s response on the issue of examining its officials by the CBI in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
The CBI wants to examine three NIA officials who had gone to the US for recording the statement of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley. The agency wants to know what exactly Headley stated about Ishrat Jahan.
“There was no agency to agency confidentiality clause as far as sharing of contents of Headley’s interrogation is concerned.
If there was any assurance about not sharing contents of Headley’s statement with any other agency with regard to any other probe, it was at the level of governments of India and the US.
The NIA is not officially aware of any such clause,” said a senior home ministry official.
After the CBI sought examination of the NIA officials, the latter asked the MHA to clarify the situation as the FBI had agreed and arranged the meeting with Headley in 2010 under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with a condition that it will not be used only for the probe into Headley’s activities in India.