The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday grilled Intelligence Bureau Special Director Rajinder Kumar regarding his alleged role in the conspiracy to carry out the fake encounter in which Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed nine years ago.
CBI sources said they have evidence indicating that Kumar was one of the officers who had interrogated Ishrat when she was allegedly taken into illegal custody by the Gujarat police before being killed in the staged encounter.
They said the officer was questioned at length with regard to the alleged interrogation and other inputs which suggest his role in the conspiracy leading to the encounter.
The sources also said during questioning, Kumar was evasive and continuously repeated that he did not remember fine points about the incident as it happened nine years ago.
This is the second time the IB officer has been grilled by CBI sleuths probing his suspected role in the fake encounter in which 19-year-old Ishrat was killed along with three others on June 15, 2004 allegedly by a team of crime branch officials on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
Sources said Kumar, a 1979-batch IPS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre, had allegedly generated intelligence input that a group of Lashkar terrorists are coming to Ahmedabad to target Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.