FRESH SPAT IN ISHRAT CASE OVER WITNESS TUTORING TALK
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday accused the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of running a “dirty tricks department” amid reports that a senior official may have manipulated a probe into the alleged disappearance of documents related to the controversial Ishrat Jahan case.
A report in the Indian Express said a home ministry official tried to tutor a witness to defame former home minister P Chidambaram in the case, potentially setting the stage for a fresh round of political bickering over the 2004 killing of four suspected terrorists including 19-year-old Ishrat in Ahmedabad.
Several Gujarat police officials were later charged by the CBI for staging a “fake encounter”.
The missing documents relate to preparation of an affidavit that did not mention Ishrat’s terror links and filed by the previous Congress government in the Gujarat high court. An earlier affidavit had linked the 19-year-old Mumbai girl and the three others to the Laskar-e-Taiba.
The BJP-led government accuses the previous Congress regime of exonerating Ishrat of terror charges to suit its political agenda of targeting Narendra Modi, who was the Gujarat chief minister when the encounter took place in Ahmedabad.
The Congress latched on to the report to get back at the BJP.