Crucial Ishrat Jahan Files missing, probe is on, says Rajnath
Key documents related to the preparation of the second affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan case were not traceable in his ministry and an internal probe was on, home minister Rajnath Singh informed the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Singh accused the previous UPA government of hatching a “deep conspiracy” to “defame and frame” Narendra Modi when he was the Gujarat chief minister.
Ishrat Jahan, 19, and three alleged associates – Javed Sheikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amzad Ali Rana – were killed in an encounter on June 15, 2004. The home ministry filed two affidavits in response to a petition seeking a probe into the encounter.
In the first, filed on August 6, 2009 in the Gujarat high court, the home ministry under P Chidambaram said Jahan and Sheikh were L-e-T activists. In the second, filed on September 29, 2009, the ministry said the central government was not concerned with the merits of the action taken by the Gujarat police and anything stated in the (first) affidavit was not intended to support or justify the police action.
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