Read Chidambaram’s stand on Ishrat Jahan encounter

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A day after one man panel probing to find the missing files in the Ishrat Jahan case “tutored” a witness, A senior Congress leader and former Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday launched scathing attack on Modi-led NDA government for creating a “fake controversy” over two affidavits registered in the Ishrat Jahan case and preparing a “doctored” report on the missing key document.

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In a remark after a reports, Former Home Minister P Chidambaram while clearing his stand on the controversial encounter said the news report “comprehensively exposed the fake controversy” created by the NDA government on the two affidavits filed by the central government in the case.

The news report completely vindicated the position that i had taken on the two affidavits. The first affidavit (August 6, 2009) disclosed the “intelligence inputs” that had been shared by the central government with the state government, the Congress leader said.

Chidambaram said Judge S P Tamang in his report (September 7, 2009) found that Ishrat Jahan and three others had been killed in a “fake encounter”.

“The report caused an uproar in Gujarat and elsewhere.The first affidavit was misinterpreted and misused to defend the encounter. It was, therefore, necessary to clarify the first affidavit.

“Hence, a ‘further affidavit’ was filed on September 29, 2009) clarifying that intelligence inputs” do not constitute conclusive proof and it is for the State government and the State Police to act on such inputs.”

The contents of the ‘further affidavit’ (especially paras 2 and 5) are absolutely clear and correct. It is unfortunate that most people who commented on the matter had not cared to read the ‘further affidavit’, Former Home Minister added.

“The five ‘missing’ documents completely vindicate the position I had taken. The sequence of events conclusively establish that we had acted in a totally transparent manner,” he said.

The Congress leader said the draft of the ‘further affidavit’ was vetted by the Attorney General, the highest law officer of the country, before it was filed. The file passed through the hands of the Home Secretary at least 3 or 4 times. Ultimately, the ‘further affidavit’ was filed in Court on the orders of the Home Secretary.

“Of course, I take full responsibility for filing the ‘further affidavit’ which was absolutely the correct thing to do,” he said.

He finally said that ‘ the moral of the story is that even a doctored report (of the inquiry Officer) cannot hide the truth. The real issue is whether Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in a genuine encounter or a fake encounter. Only the trial of the case, pending since July 2013, will bring out the truth.

Wefornews Bureau

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