Ishrat Jahan case: Panel says only one key document traced, two still missing

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In a fresh development in Ishrat Jahan encounter case, The one-man probe panel, set up to trace the missing files related to case on Wednesday submitted its report to the Home Ministry. The panel stated that it has traced only one key document after examination of a few senior officers while two are still missing.

The panel of Senior IAS officer BK Prasad, Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry, found the copy of a letter written by the then Home Secretary GK Pillai to the then Attorney General late G E Vahanvati from the hard disk of a computer of the Home Ministry, media reported.

The clue about the letter was received by the inquiry committee after examination of three former Joint Secretaries handling the sensitive Internal Security Division in the Home Ministry. These officers were retired IAS officer Deverakonda Diptivilasa and serving IAS officers Dharmendra Sharma and Rakesh Singh, sources said.

A number of director, deputy secretary and under secretary-rank officers were also examined by the panel.

The one-member panel was constituted after Home Minister Rajnath Singh disclosed in Parliament on March 10 that the files were missing.

Prasad was asked to inquire into the circumstances in which the files related to the case of Ishrat, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004, went missing.

Wefornews Bureau

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