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Ishrat Jahan case: Congress slams home ministry for delay

LiveMint logoLiveMint 11-06-2014 PTI

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday claimed the home ministry’s move seeking documents from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) before granting sanction to prosecute Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case was “unwarranted”, and that it would undermine the CBI’s autonomy.

“The entire move is absolutely unwarranted and it is not required because that will reflect on the autonomy of the investigating agency,” senior party leader M. Veerappa Moily told reporters outside Parliament House.

The home ministry has sought certain documents from the CBI related to the case, with official sources quoted as saying that no sanction will be accorded in the case without proper application of mind, for which material available on record is required.

It has been learnt that the CBI plans to seek legal opinion on whether the documents can be handed over to the ministry or not.

The agency had sought sanction from the home ministry to prosecute special director Rajinder Kumar (now retired) and three other officers in connection with the alleged killing of college student Ishrat Jahan in a fake encounter, for which the charge sheet had been filed after completion of investigation.

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