New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday said that the government will take punitive actions against IB officials if they are found guilty in the Ishrat Jahan case.
The Minister's comment came after Intelligence Bureau officer Rajendra Kumar's name emerged in the case. The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing the case, has said that it has evidence against Kumar too. However, the probe agency has not named Kumar in the chargesheet in the encounter case of 2004.
"The role of the then IB station head is coming into picture and we have evidence," CBI Director Ranjit Sinha had said during an interview to CNN-IBN. "If the IB wants to absolve itself from the responsibility of killing, it is free to get a court order," Sinha added.
Till now, eleven Gujarat policemen, including mid-level officers, have been named as accused in the FIR filed by CBI in the case. They, however, have not been chargesheeted by the probe agency.
The CBI filed a chargesheet in the 2004 encounter in a special court in Ahmedabad on July 3, 2013. In the document, CBI has said Ishrat Jahan, a teenager from Mumbai, and three others were killed by Gujarat police in a "fake" encounter in cold blood.
The policemen who were not chargesheeted but named as witnesses in the case are Vakhatsinh Vanaar, Hareshkumar Agrawat, Chetan Goswami, Pravinsinh Vaghela, Ramesh Patel, Kishorsinh Vaghela, Devendragiri Goswami, Ibrahim Chauhan, Mohan Menat, Kalu Desai and Bharat Patel (all ranked between Constable and DySP). Retired police officer Devendragiri Goswami, whose statement has been recorded under Section 164 of CrPC (making it admissible in court as evidence), has also been named as a witness in the high-profile case in which seven police officers, some of them IPS, are in the dock.
(with additional information from PTI)