New Delhi: The one-man inquiry panel probing the missing files related to Ishrat Jehan case has concluded that the papers were ‘removed knowingly or unknowingly or misplaced’ in September 2009, a period when Congress leader P Chidambaram was the Home Minister.

Ishrat Jehan
Ishrat Jehan

Based on the statements of 11 serving and retired officers, including the then Home Secretary GK Pillai, the 52-page report said the documents went missing between September 18-28, 2009.

Only one paper out of the five documents related to the controversial alleged Ishrat fake encounter case that went missing from the Home Ministry was found, said Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry BK Prasad in his inquiry report submitted to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.

“It is evident that the documents were removed knowingly or unknowingly or misplaced,” the committee concluded.

The panel, however, made no reference to Chidambaram or anyone in the then UPA government.

The papers which went missing are - office copy of the letter and enclosure sent by the then Home Secretary to the Attorney General on September 18, 2009, office copy of the letter sent by the then Home Secretary to the AG on September 23, 2009, draft further affidavit as vetted by the AG, draft further affidavit amended by the then Home Minister on

September 24, 2009 and office copy of the further affidavit filed with the Gujarat High Court on September 29, 2009.