Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case: CBI not to accuse Narendra Modi, Amit Shah
NEW DELHI: CBI does not plan to accuse BJP leader Amit Shah or his mentor, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in its upcoming chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, but ex-top IB officer Rajinder Kumar isn't likely to be as lucky, with the agency having secured confessions from his junior officials against him.
A top official with knowledge of the agency's second chargesheet in the case told ET that while the CBI had in its possession call data records (CDRs) which showed that Kumar was in "frequent touch" with Amit Shah in the days leading up to the encounter, it did not establish the then Gujarat's home minister complicity.
"The CDRs mean nothing. Kumar or Shah can easily explain them to be calls pertaining to their official domain since the IB chief in the state is expected to be in touch with the home minister. There was also a festival on in Gujarat at that time and it may be a defence that the calls pertained to those security arrangements," the official said, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity surrounding the case.With nothing concrete in its possession to nail Shah, the chances of reaching Modi, BJP's presumptive PM candidate, were even more remote.
"Indicting someone as prominent as the opposition's election campaign chief is not possible without clinching proof. Till now, there is no such prosecutable evidence available with us against Shah or Modi
," the officer said, adding that the call records could not be used as circumstantial evidence to prove there was a political sanction to the 2004 encounter, which CBI contends was fake and resulted in the death of an innocent person..
CBI plans to attach the CDRs in the supplementary chargesheet, expected to be filed before a court by the end of this month. While the two political leaders could be off the hook, and in the process also demolishing the long-held theory in political circles that the CBI was targeting Kumar with the ultimate aim of reaching the Gujarat political leadership and nix Modi's ambitions for the top chair, the former IB special director will not be as lucky.
CBI suspects that Kumar, who was the chief of the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau in Gujarat in 2004, along with Gujarat Police officers DG Vanzara and PP Pandey plotted the fake encounter on an alleged false premise that Ishrat Jahan and three others were on a mission to assassinate Modi.
The agency has statements from three of Kumar's juniors, who served as Assistant Central Intelligence Officers in Gujarat in 2004, to buttress its case against the former IB official. "All concerned IB officers are co-operating with us. We are trying to ascertain if they played an active role in the fake encounter plot or not," CBI Director Ranjit Sinha told ET on Wednesday.http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 836197.cms