Headley’s claim can’t justify Ishrat’s ‘fake’ encounter: Congress

The Gujarat High Court monitored the CBI investigation and the agency came to the conclusion that the encounter was indeed fake.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2016 8:00 pm
sharat jahan, ishrat_jahan-fake-encounter, isharat jahan LeT operative The case was handed over to the CBI after an investigation by an SIT appointed by Gujarat High Court said it was a fake encounter.

Congress on Thursday dismissed BJP’s demand for an apology by Sonia Gandhi in the wake of David Headley’s claim that Ishrat Jahan was an LeT operative, insisting that the “fundamental question” was whether she and her accomplices were killed in “fake” encounter.

“If BJP wants to stand with those who have been accused by the CBI in a Gujarat High Court monitored process that they were accused or complicit in the fake encounter,… they can go and stand with them in a Court of Law.”

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“There is nothing which stops BJP from doing that. We are not a banana Republic, we are a country based on the rule of law and the rule of law does not permit fake encounters,” party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.

He was responding to a question about the BJP attack on Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the wake of Headley’s statement that Ishrat Jahan was an LeT operative.

Tewari said there are two separate and distinct issues hich are involved – the first is whether Ishrat Jahan and her accomplices were LeT operatives or not.

“In the light of David Headley’s statement, if the Government wants to investigate the matter further with regard to their credentials, there is absolutely nothing which is stopping the Government.”, he said.

But, he said the “fundamental question” remained whether Ishrat Jahan and her accomplices were killed in a “fake encounter”.

He said the Metropolitan Court in Ahmedabad first came to the conclusion that this was a “staged encounter – in other words – a fake encounter.”

Subsequently, the matter went to the Gujarat High Court and for two years, the Gujarat High Court monitored the CBI investigation and the agency came to the conclusion that the encounter was indeed fake and they have filed charge-sheets against the accused in an appropriate Court of Law, he said.

“So, therefore, if the Government or the BJP wants to use David Coleman Headley’ testimony to justify an encounter which a court monitored investigation has found to be fake, then, I am afraid, neither the Law and nor jurisprudence allows it.”

“If a person is a ‘terrorist’, he needs to be arrested, he needs to be tried, he needs to be brought to justice like Afzal Guru was brought to justice or Ajmal Kasab was brought to justice. But to try and justify a fake encounter, I am afraid, is something which the law does not permit,” he added.

In a significant claim, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley today said that Ishrat Jahan –who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 in Gujarat–was actually an Lashkar-e-Taiba operative.

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    Kiran
    Feb 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm
    These Congress fellas are Shameless vultures without an iota of conscience.
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      Paul
      Feb 11, 2016 at 6:58 pm
      It is now proven that it was not a fake encounter. Police acted on real evidence. Congress is a shameless party.
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        MyTake
        Feb 11, 2016 at 6:35 pm
        I was looking for tears. Could not find it! Reserved for shower?
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          MyTake
          Feb 11, 2016 at 6:40 pm
          Real problem with Congress is as follow: 1) Once one runs out of talents (because one has not cultivated that for fear of losing the reign) one is bound to indulge in criminals which will "vouch" for it in exchange of what ever they get in return. 2) Indulging in vote bank is another outcome of this 3) Mafia increasingly get a say in their rank again for exchange of a seat that ensures their "longevity" there!
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            Tony
            Feb 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm
            After Headley's revelations, secularists are running like Headless chickens.
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              Tony
              Feb 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm
              Basic point is : A terrorist was killed. It does not matter anymore whether in actual encounter or a 'Fake encounter'. Few things do matter, like - 1) Re-installing those policemen 2) Asking those NIA/CBI top honchos about why they did lie in 2010. 3) Slap those terrorist sympathisers and short-sighted political leaders.
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                Tony
                Feb 11, 2016 at 7:22 pm
                Remember 19 Year aged Girl Ishrat Jahan? Who was framed as Terrorist by Gujarat Govt and in whose FAKE encounter 3 IPS officers and 10 others including Amit Shah were sent to Jail after an Investigation by CBI in 2010-2011. Remember Ishrat Jahan? To whom Bihar CM called Bihar's Dughter and Hyderabad MP Owaisi called her sister Remember Ishrat Jahan? For whom Sonia hi cried and Arvind Kejriwal demanded justice by almost crying. Remember Ishrat Jahan? In whose tribute, Ambulance Service is being run in Mumbai by secular NGO. Remember Ishrat Jahan? To whom our Top Media Preferred to call 'Shaheed' and Narendra Modi was presented as Serial Killer of Innocent and Peace Loving Muslims. Breaking News: David Headley Confession in Mumbai Special Court: She was a Suicide Bomber for Lashkar - E - Taiba, stan on mission to inate then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. Decide whether to Laugh or cry
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                  Tony
                  Feb 11, 2016 at 7:24 pm
                  With an eye on Muslim vote bank, Sonia hi tried to create an impression that Ishrat Jahan was killed because of being a Muslim and not because of being a terrorist. Entire Congress leadership was spreading the falsehood that the Modi dispensation of Gujarat got an innocent Muslim killed in a fake encounter.
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