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Probe ordered into Ishrat Jahan case's missing files

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, March 14: Home Minister Rajth Singh on Monday ordered an “interl inquiry” to probe how files concerning the affidavits filed in the Ishrat Jahan case have gone missing, said informed sources.

The probe team, headed by Additiol Secretary, Home, B. K. Prasad, will try to find out how the files concerning the “draft of the second affidavit” filed in the case went missing.

“The interl probe will also probe the entire chain of file movements in the home ministry in 2009,” a source told IANS.

Last week, Rajth Singh had announced in the Lok Sabha that an interl inquiry will be done in this regard.

The Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP) and home ministry officials had alleged recently that the UPA government did a flip flop over the controversial 2004 shootout in which Ishrat, then a student of a Mumbai college and allegedly a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, was killed.

R.V.S. Mani, a former under secretary in the ministry, had told the media that he was pressurised to file the second or revised affidavit in the Supreme Court as against the first affidavit in which Ishrat Jahan was med a LeT operative.

The BJP had accused the Congress regime of dropping Ishrat Jahan’s me in order to malign the then Gujarat government when rendra Modi was the chief minister. Former home secretary G.K. Pillai had also claimed that there was “political interference” in the case which led to the deletion of reference to LeT from the revised affidavit filed in 2009.

On March 10, the home minister had told the Lok Sabha that “two letters from the then home secretary to the attorney general in 2009 have gone missing. The then attorney general had vetted two affidavits regarding the case. Those are also not available”. (IANS)

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