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Chidambaram changed Ishrat affidavit due to ‘undue pressure’: Kiren Rijiju

"He will not on his own go to the extent of giving a clean chit to a terrorist. There must have been some kind of undue pressure on him," he told reporters in the capital.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2016 9:14 pm
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju Union Minister Kiren Rijiju

Amidst the ongoing row over the controversial Ishrat Jahan case, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the affidavit describing her as LeT operative was changed by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram due to some “undue pressure”.

“Personally, I feel that Chidambaram is a very experienced politician and is a very learned man. He will not on his own go to the extent of giving a clean chit to a terrorist. There must have been some kind of undue pressure on him,” he told reporters in the capital.

Rijiju said it was clear that there must have been something in the mind of Chidambaram and due to some consideration “which forced him to take such a drastic action which can be termed as anti-national”. “We will try to find out what went wrong and who all are responsible for that,” he said.

The Minister of State for Home’s comments came in the wake of his senior Rajnath Singh’s statement in Parliament where he accused the erstwhile UPA government of hatching a “deep conspiracy” to frame Narendra Modi when he was then the Gujarat Chief Minister.

Singh also alleged that the previous government had done a ‘flip-flop’ on the links of Ishrat Jahan with terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. Ishrat was killed in an alleged fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004.

The first affidavit was filed on the basis of inputs from Maharashtra and Gujarat Police besides the Intelligence Bureau where it was said that the 19-year-old girl from Mumbai outskirts was a Lashkar-e-Taiba activist but it was ignored in the second affidavit, Home Ministry officials said.

The second affidavit, claimed to have been drafted by Chidambaram, said there was no conclusive evidence to prove that Ishrat was a terrorist, officials said. Referring to missing of some key files related to the case, Rijiju said it was very surprising that the matter has
reached Parliament.

“We all are very very surprised with the missing of files. Some of the important documents, specially when the then Home Minister was to make a substantial change in the affidavit. It amounted to giving a clean chit to a terrorist. Also the related files and documents, specially the draft portion which was vetted by the then Attorney General,” he said.

Rijiju said the Home Ministry officials were yet to trace all these documents. “What we have is the file noting and the affidavit which is being filed in the court. That’s all. What is very apparent is that the then Home Minister very clearly approved a file which stated that a particular lady is a LeT operative and subsequently he changes his mind and said that there is no conclusive proof,” he said.

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    AIyer
    Mar 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm
    That Chidambaram is a big blot on South Indian community and for India. I don't know why explanations have to be given why it might have happened. If there was anything wrong done they should be brought to justice period which is unlikely it will happen in India. Everything will go under the rug as usual unlike in the West. Media in the mean time will have a feast time. This can happen only in India.
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      MyTake
      Mar 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm
      PC must have under pressure of being exposed of Hawala connection through ISI. Mafia clan knows where to hit and when to hit. Did PC had any other choice?
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        MyTake
        Mar 10, 2016 at 8:02 pm
        Pressure from Nehruvian Pandit quarter? PC could not bear it as he is not Modi!
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          MyTake
          Mar 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm
          [Rijiju said it was clear that there must have been something in the mind of Chidambaram and due to some consideration “which forced him to take such a drastic action which can be termed as anti-national”. “We will try to find out what went wrong and who all are responsible for that,” he said.] NGT saga is one reaction. Be ready for fall outs too!
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            Pat
            Mar 10, 2016 at 11:15 pm
            Chidu cheat is apprehended several times, why this bjp riju taking up and making excuses for cheaterbaram. The latter was one of the 40 chor of sonia alibabhi.
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