Congress compromised national security in Ishrat case: Arun Jaitley

Apr 21, 2016, 07:23 IST | Agencies

The FM did not clarify whether a fresh probe will be launched in the Ishrat Jahan case

New York: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday launched a sharp attack on Congress over the Ishrat Jahan case, accusing it of "seriously compromising" national security for "overt political reasons".

P Chidambaram
P Chidambaram

Asked if a fresh probe may be ordered in the case, Jaitley said, "I am not in touch with what is happening at home."
He added, "National security was very seriously compromised and all evidence now seem to be suggesting that this was done for overt political reasons".

Controversial affidavit
His comments were on the fresh controversy over reports suggesting former home minister P Chidambaram had cleared an affidavit in 2009, which described college student Ishrat Jahan as a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, involved in a plot to assassinate then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

"All I can tell you about the case is its absolutely unconscionable that a government at a particular period of time should have investigated India’s premier intelligence agency in a case where a terrorist group was (killed) in encounter," Jaitley said.

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