The CBI has questioned an officer of the rank of special director attached with the Intelligence Bureau regarding the input given by the IB in 2004, stating that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was planning to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The officer concerned was handling Gujarat state affairs when the said input was generated. After being summoned to the CBI headquarters he was questioned on the tip-off provided to the Gujarat Crime Branch.
Answering the CBI’s queries, the officer insisted that the input was genuine to the best of his knowledge and there was threat to Modi’s life in the aftermath of 2002 riots from the terrorists groups, especially the LeT.
When the officer was quizzed regarding the encounter, he said giving input does not mean that the police would start carrying out encounters.
Meanwhile, the investigating agency has also analysed the IB’s intelligence input cautioning the Gujarat police about LeT’s plan to attack BJP leaders L K Advani, Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia. Besides the CBI will probe the tip-off provided to the Gujarat Police which helped to identify a blue car in which the alleged terrorists including Ishrat were travelling.