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Ex-IB chief to sue Congress, CBI on Ishrat `frame-up'
David Headley's statement that Ishrat was a Lashkar operative has spilled a can of beans, causing turmoil in Indian politics. War of words has already started heating up between the Bhartiya Janta Party and the Congress.

Rajendra Kumar, former special director of Intelligence Bureau on Friday announced that he would approach the Central government and the court against a senior CBI officer and Congress leaders who had tried to frame him in the Ishrat Jahan "fake encounter" case.

Kumar told TOI over phone, "I am getting more and more material to proceed against those who tried to set me and other IB officers up by distorting or suppressing facts. I will consult my legal adviser and file a complaint with the government or in the court. My complaint will not only name the errant CBI officer but also the high and mighty conspirators who used such officers as tools to politicise the case.

Kumar was the head of the Gujarat unit of the IB, when the encounter of Ishrat had taken place in 2004. He was accused of conspiring with the state police to stage a fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and her three accomplices.

Kumar without taking any names highlighted the role of politicians who called the shots in the UPA government and influenced a second-in-command CBI officer in a bid to frame him. Kumar also claimed that the "greedy" CBI officer had been offered a post-retirement job for distorting facts of the case.

Kumar also revealed to the TOI that the CBI officer who is now retired, almost got rewarded on the eve of the announcement of the 2014 Lok Sabha poll results, with the government opening the Mayapuri govt press in the dead of the night to print the gazette notification relating to his appointment, which was a violation of the code of conduct, prohibiting such appointments.  

Kumar who had been keeping a close watch on the LeT modules since 2002, had intelligence reports in 2004 regarding LeT module's mission to target the erstwhile home minister LK Advani and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, during the Lok Sabha poll campaign.

Kumar said that the original plan of the LeT was to attack the Advani-Modi duo on April 20, 2004 in Ahemdabad in Gujarat, but had to be deferred as they could not deploy men and logistics for the attack. Another conspiracy was hatched to assassinate Advani and Modi on May 13, 2004, based on the belief that they would hold a victory rally after the declaration of the election results. But that plan was also shelved due to lack of resources. 

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