June 13, 2013 - In what is yet another twist to the probe in the 2004 fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) are now locked in a bitter war over move against IB special director Rajendra Kumar.
In a fresh notice, the CBI has summoned Rajendra Kumar to record his statement as an accused in the case. CBI said his statement would be crucial in finalising the charge sheet in the case as he was alleged to have played a crucial role in generating an intelligence input about the purported plans of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
However IB sources have told Times Now that the agency still solidly stands by its 2004 note and maintains that the 4 people who were killed were LeT operatives. IB Sources have said “We stand by our report that the 4 persons killed were terrorist. It is the duty of an agency such as ours to pass on sensitive information to the concerned State agencies. We have not asked any Gujarat government to carry out an encounter. When Ishrat Jahan was killed the JuD and the LeT had hailed her as a martyr. This was even published on their websites. Even David Headley had told the NIA that Ishrat Jahan was a suicide bomber. It is unfortunate that an officer who was doing his designated task is today being held liable for performing his duty.” Sources have told Times Now that the IB Director has also raised these concerns with the Government and the NSA has also addressed these issues with the PM.by Prema Sridevi