Faced pres­sure to not de­clare Ishrat ter­ror­ist, says for­mer home secy

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A de­ci­sion to omit 19- year- old Mum­bai res­i­dent Ishrat Ja­han’s pos­si­ble links with ter­ror out­fit Lashkar- eTaiba (LeT) in a home min­istry af­fi­davit was taken at the political level, for­mer home sec­re­tary GK Pil­lai said on Thurs­day.

Pil­lai was serv­ing un­der then home min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram in 2009 when the govern­ment filed two af­fi­davits in as many months in the con­tro­ver­sial Ishrat Ja­han en­counter case.

In the first af­fi­davit on Au­gust 6, 2009 in the Gu­jarat high court, the home min­istry stated Ja­han and Javed Ghu­lam Sheikh — who she was trav­el­ing with at the time of the June 2004 en­counter — were LeT mem­bers. But in Septem­ber, the min­istry made a U-turn. It said the cen­tral gov- ern­ment was not con­cerned with the mer­its of the ac­tion taken by Gu­jarat Po­lice and any­thing stated in the (first) af­fi­davit was not in­tended to sup­port or jus­tify the ac­tion of the state po­lice.

Pil­lai told news chan­nel Times Now that a change in the af­fi­davit was not done at his level. “I would say it was done at the political level,” said Pil­lai.

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