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Ishrat Jahan Case to be the first casualty of Modi Regime

New Delhi: With the reinstatement of a main accused (GL Singhal) and CBI’s refusal to share its investigation document with the Union home ministry, the prosecution sanction for former Intelligence Bureau special director Rajinder Kumar and three other officers in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case is unlikely to materialise. CBI sources were quoted as saying that  the agency will not give its “case diary” to the home ministry at any cost abiding by the procedures of CrPC which allow them to share it only with the court. In any case, no other outcome was awaited from a government headed by Modi who is known to shield officers loyal to him. CBI also feels giving case dairy to the government would set a bad precedent as the Gujarat encounter cases are being monitored by courts. To consider prosecution sanction for IB officers Rajinder Kumar, P Mittal, M K Sinha and Rajiv Wankhede, home ministry has asked CBI to provide the “case dairy” which it must know is not possible under law. CBI has maintained that the Ishrat Jahan encounter was false and has already filed two charge- sheets in the case but trial is pending in the absence of prosecution sanction which now will not come. There is no hope that the cases against another star accused in the encounter cases, Amit Shah, will be allowed to proceed further. This is the Gujarat Model.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2014 on page no. 1

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