The CBI, probing the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, is likely to question Intelligence Bureau (IB) special director Rajinder Kumar again on Tuesday.
Kumar, who has already been questioned by the agency once, would be again interrogated for his alleged role in the fake encounter case in which 19-year old Ishrat was killed, along with four others on June 15, 2004 by a team of crime branch officials on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Kumar has claimed in his defence that the intelligence input given by him was genuine and giving input does not mean that he directed the police to carry out the encounter.
The CBI, on the instruction of the High Court, had taken over the probe of the alleged fake encounter in which 19-year-old Ishrat, Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004 allegedly by a Crime Branch team led by DIG D.G. Vanzara.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani were among the leaders who were in the hitlist of the alleged terrorists.
Headlines Today is in possession of the letter which was sent to CBI by the IB, which mentions that LeT had instructed its cadres in India to monitor the movements of these leaders. The letter written on Feb 13, 2013 also says that the IB had prior inputs about the threat to the senior BJP leaders including L.K. Advani, Narendra Modi, Praveen Togadia and then Shiv Sena chief late Bal Thackeray.
-With inputs from ANI.