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Ishrat Jahan case: CBI chief says threats received, IB officer off hook?

After a bitter turf war with the Intelligence Bureau over interrogating of one of its officers over the Ishrat Jahan alleged extra-judicial killing, the CBI is likely to not mention a senior IB official in its first charge sheet in the case. The investigating agency also confirmed that one of the officers who were part of the probe has received threats.

"We have requested the Maharashtra state government and the Home Ministry to provide security to the CBI probe team," CBI director Ranjit Sinha told reporters today.

According to Headlines Today report, the CBI has sought security for Superintendent of Police Sandeep Tamgadge, who is from Nagpur.

Sinha refused to comment on why the official had been threatened and also refused to comment on which officials have been named in the charge sheet that will be filed on 4 July.

"The CBI has assured the Gujarat High Court that the charge sheet in the Ishrat Jahan case will be filed by the 4th of July. We will adhere to our time limit," Sinha said.

Ishrat Jahan's case could be a decisive blow against the Gujarat government. Image courtesy: Ibnlive

Ishrat Jahan's case could be a decisive blow against the Gujarat government. Image courtesy: Ibnlive

CNN-IBN reported that after a bitter turf war, the CBI may leave out the name of special IB director Rajender Kumar from its first charge sheet that is set to be filed.

Quoting unnamed sources, the channel reported that this did not mean he was completely off the hook and the investigating agency would evaluate its evidence before deciding on whether to file an additional charge sheet in which the IB official's name could find mention.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had said that the investigating agency had revealed the evidence it has against IB Special Director Rajender Kumar and conveyed its intention to arrest him in the infamous case.

"CBI has shared evidence with the home ministry after which the ministry told CBI that this does not show Kumar was part of conspiracy to carry out the encounter. There is not enough evidence against the senior IPS officer," the official said.

The home ministry also made it clear that the evidence against Kumar was not sufficient to give sanction to CBI to prosecute Kumar in the alleged fake encounter case. The investigating agency, incidentally, hasn't sought sanction to prosecute the Intelligence Bureau official.

A PTI report quoted officials were quoted as saying that the CBI was planning prosecute and arrest Kumar after his retirement from service on 31 July without asking the home ministry the sanction.

Ishrat Jahan, a resident of Thane, and three others were killed in an alleged extra-judicial killing by the Gujarat Police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on 15 June 2004. While the police had claimed Jahan was part of a conspiracy to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the girl's mother had filed a petition in the high court claiming her daugter was innocent.