Ishrat Jahan case: Nothing wrong in 2nd affidavit, says Chidambaram

Facing BJP fire over his alleged role in drafting a second affidavit in Ishrat Jahan encounter killing case, former Home Minister P Chidambaram yesterday asserted there was nothing morally, politically or ethically wrong in that affidavit that said there was no conclusive evidence to prove she was a terrorist.

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P Chidambaram, the Congress nominee for Rajay Sabha polls, addressing the press yesterday. Pic/Prabhanjan Dhanu

Chidambaram also recalled that the affidavit was filed after Ahmedabad Metropolitan Judge S P Tamang’s report, which in September 2009, declared the encounter fake. Later probes, first by SIT and then by CBI, had also said the deceased had been in police custody and that weapons recovered from them were planted by the policemen.

“The version says it is fake encounter. The persons, who were killed, were in custody for more than two or three days. They were killed at midnight. They were killed while they were sitting in the car. Rs 2.06 lakh were planted on their bodies. A judge in the Maharashtra judiciary has found out all these details,” said Chidambaram.

“The affidavit further has only five or six paragraphs. It does not withdraw the first affidavit. In the second paragraph, it says why a further affidavit is being filed and in para 5 it says that the Centre shares intelligence inputs regularly with states. Accordingly, we share intelligence inputs. I wish to clarify that the intelligence inputs are just that and not conclusive evidence and you cannot come to any conclusion on the basis of those. It must be investigated and prosecuted in a court of law,” said the Congress nominee for RS polls from the state.

The one-member inquiry panel set up by the Union Home Ministry, headed by B K Prasad could submit its report soon.

Missing Ishrat files: Senior IAS officers depose before panel

Three key officers handling files in the Home Ministry related to the Ishrat Jahan case have deposed before the one-man inquiry committee set up by the Union Home Ministry, which is probing the missing documents of the case. The panel of B K Prasad, Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry, recorded the statements of retired IAS officer Deverakonda Diptivilasa and serving senior IAS officers Dhamendra Sharma and Rakesh Singh. All three reportedly pleaded their ignorance about the missing documents.

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