"Was told implicate former Guj CM, but I refused," says former IB officer
New Delhi, Feb 13: Rajinder Kumar the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau faced the brunt of the Investigation by the CBI in the Ishrat Jahan case.
Kumar during this conversation gives a clear idea of how the case was being manipulated and says that he has even sought through an RTI application disclosures of the correspondence between the then law ministry and the CBI.
The CBI had chargesheeted Kumar and three other officers in connection with the Ishrat Jahan case. There were stories that were being given out by a few CBI officers which ranged from Kumar creating fake intelligence inputs to also supplying weapons for the encounter.
Kumar says that he was being framed all along. I would not blame the CBI as a whole, but yes there were some officers who had decided to target me as they wanted some benefits, Kumar alleged. Kumar also asks where in the chargesheet of the CBI has it even been mentioned that Ishrat Jahan and others were not terrorists. The CBI chargesheet makes no mention of that.
It all appears to be a conspiracy hatched to defame me and the Intelligence Bureau, he also informed. They wanted me to give a statement implicating the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, but I refused to do so. I was even told that I would be given post retirement benefits, but I did not bite the bait, he also said.
While the CBI has named Kumar in the chargesheet, it failed to get sanction to prosecute him. The agency had written recently to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking sanction to prosecute Kumar, but it was rejected.