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Delegation to Pakistan gets new member

Following the unprecedented inclusion of the intelligence bureau chief in a 12-member delegation going to Pakistan led by home secretary RK Singh for a bilateral visit, CBI sources said that AP Singh, the CBI director, will not be going as scheduled earlier. In his place, a joint director, Rajiv Sharma, will be accompanying the delegation. Sharma is a Rajasthan cadre IPS officer who is in the CBI for the past three years. He is the Joint Director of the Special Task Force.

The CBI sources said that due to some other commitments, the CBI chief will not be able to go and therefore another representative has been assigned. Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Nehchal Sandhu and NIA chief SC Sinha are also going to Pakistan for bilateral talks.

'Eight LRs, letter rogataries and 53 red corner notices are pending with the Pakistan government in various cases, which would be on the CBI's agenda when they leave for the May 24-25 bilateral talks,' the CBI sources said.

Earlier, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which had met last Friday, insisted on the IB chief being part of the delegation along with CBI director AP Singh and director of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) SC Sinha. The presence of the chief of India's internal intelligence organisation in a bilateral visit to Pakistan is unprecedented.

S C Sinha, chief of NIA, an organisation formed in the aftermath of the audacious 2008 Mumbai attacks, is likely to have a tough time as it was probing the bomb blast case in the Samjhauta express, the oldest rail link between India and Pakistan. As many as 68 people mostly Pakistanis were killed in Samjhauta Express blast in February 2007.

The CBI is also probing various trans-border cases including the 1993 Bombay blast case and others related to pumping of fake currency notes into India. The two agencies are also authorised to liaison with Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on matters related to terrorism and garner evidence for trial in the Mumbai 26/11 attack case.
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