Cru­cial Ishrat Ja­han Files miss­ing, probe is on, says Ra­j­nath

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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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