Ishrat case: CBI top brass analysing proof against IB officials

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SummaryThe CBI Director is looking into various issues with regard to the role of four IB officials who are under suspicion.

The top brass of CBI is analysing the evidence against the Intelligence Bureau officials gathered by the investigation team in the nine-year old Ishrat Jahan encounter killing case to ascertain whether their acts were part of routine duty or a conspiracy. CBI sources said the investigation in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case has been wound up and is awaiting the nod of the Director who is going through the findings of the probe team.

The sources said a supplementary charge sheet will be filed after the CBI Director is convinced that all aspects in the encounter have been properly investigated and there are no loopholes in the theory given by the probe team.

They said the agency has already taken views of CBI Prosecution Department but if the Director differs with their views, the matter may be referred to the Attorney General.

The CBI Director is looking into various issues with regard to the role of four IB officials who are under suspicion which include whether they were doing their normal duty or were part of the conspiracy, whether sanction for their prosecution is needed, whether the chain of evidence points towards culpability in the encounter or not.

The sources said only when the Director is satisfied on all points, the agency would move for filing the supplementary charge sheet in the case relating to the encounter in which 19-year old college Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed by Gujarat Crime Branch officials in 2004.

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