Ishrat documents missing from MEA


Home Minister Rajnath Singh has stated in Lok Sabha that the key documents relating to the Ishrat Jehan encounter probe case have gone missing from his ministry.

He further said the Ministry of Home Affairs have not been able trace a draft note which contained details of the changes made in the Ishrat Jahan affidavit when P Chidambaram was the home minister.

The first affidavit, which was vetted by the then attorney general was also not available and an internal enquiry is on, he informed.

The opposition Congress was under attack in Parliament today over the Ishrat Jehan case, with the ruling BJP accusing P Chidambaram of manipulating documents when he was home minister.

BJD, an ally of BJP has lambasted the Congress saying Ishrat Jehan was brutally murdered in a fake encounter.

In 2009, the then Congress-led UPA government had in a controversial move filed a revised affidavit in the Gujarat High Court in which it had taken a U-turn from its previous position that Ishrat and three others suspects killed in the 2004 encounter were members of the Lashkar-e-Toiba terror group. The row over Ishrat Jahan’s alleged fake encounter escalated after former home secretary GK Pillai revealed that the controversial second affidavit was amended by Chidambaram. The BJP has demanded an investigation into the “flip-flop” in the Ishrat case. Reacting to the revelation, Chidambaram had said that Pillai held equal responsibility for the second affidavit and that the first affidavit was misinterpreted.

Medaram Jathara

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