2004 Gujarat encounter: Ishrat ghost comes to haunt Team UPA

Her mother’s lawyer says make former Home Secy Pillai prosecution witness, BJP asks its govt to probe UPA flip-flop

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: March 8, 2016 3:23 pm
ishrat, ishrat encounter, Chidambaram, Pillai, Chidambaram Ishrat encounter, GK Pillai, Chidambaram Pillai, ishrat encounter news, ishrat jahan, ishrat encounter investigation, india news Last week, Pillai told Times Now that a Lashkar group, of which Ishrat Jahan (above) was an alleged member, was lured by the IB to Gujarat in 2004 before being gunned down, allegedly in a fake encounter.

As former Home Secretary G K Pillai again targeted his former boss P Chidambaram, who was Union Home Minister when the UPA government changed its affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, the BJP Tuesday attacked the Congress brass and urged the government to investigate “the entire flip-flop” on the case.

Pillai’s statements on “luring” the alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba group to Gujarat also prompted Vrinda Grover, lawyer for Ishrat’s mother, to demand that the former Home Secretary be made a prosecution witness since his remarks backed the CBI finding that the encounter had been faked.

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Addressing a press conference at the BJP office, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “Enough suspicious circumstances have arisen from the statements of the Home Secretary, confirmed by the then Under Secretary, that the decision was taken by Mr Chidambaram by bypassing them, by changing the complete complexion (of the case).”

He also alleged that Chidambaram had done so at the behest of the Congress high command.

The UPA government had filed two affidavits in response to a petition filed in the Gujarat High Court by the kin of Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, one of the men killed with Mumbra woman Ishrat Jahan on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. In the revised affidavit, references to Ishrat’s alleged Lashkar links were removed.

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Not ruling out a judicial probe in the matter, Prasad said: “There was a consistent campaign against Mr Modi (Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2004) that he needs to be framed, Amit Shah (then Gujarat’s Home Minister) needs to be framed by hook or by by crook. And the entire government machinery was abused. BJP demands that the Government of India investigate this. We are demanding that a fair inquiry be done on the entire flip flop on the Ishrat Jahan case.”

Last week, Pillai told Times Now that a Lashkar group, of which Jahan was an alleged member, was lured by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to Gujarat in 2004 before being gunned down, allegedly in a fake encounter. He claimed there was never any discussion among officials in the Home Ministry about altering the Centre’s earlier affidavit in the case.

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Pillai later said: “It was done by the minister himself. You will have to ask the minister why he changed it, because none of us changed it.”

On Monday, Chidambaram said Pillai was “equally responsible” for the second affidavit which was an “absolutely correct affidavit”, that he as a minister accepted responsibility for it.

Also on Tuesday, R V S Mani, who was Under Secretary in the Home Ministry and had filed the two affidavits, in an interview to Times Now, repeated allegations he had levelled in July 2013 — and reported by The Indian Express then — that he had been coerced by the CBI to sign statements to project the encounter killing as fake.

The Indian Express had reported that Mani had also lodged a complaint against a Gujarat IPS officer who was part of the CBI probe into the encounter. He had said his statements to CBI should be recorded in the presence of the chief vigilance officer or his authorised representative or a lawyer.
Pillai’s statements may give the case a new legal twist.

Vrinda Grover, lawyer for Ishrat Jahan’s mother Shamima Kausar, told The Indian Express that Pillai should be made a prosecution witness as he was supporting the CBI case which alleged that Ishrat was killed in a fake encounter after Gujarat police and IB entered into a conspiracy.

“Pillai should be made a prosecution witness. His statement supports the prosecution case that the encounter was fake. He has publicly come out in the open saying he has some information about the case. He is practically saying that this was a fake encounter,” Grover said.

She said she did not want to join “the political circus” going on in Ishrat’s name and wanted to see how the government responds to the developments before initiating legal action.

“We want to see if the Home Ministry is ready to reopen the case in the light of a former Home Secretary’s statement that the encounter was fake. We will see their response and then take the next step,” she said.

In the interview to Times Now, Pillai said: “It was a very successful intelligence operation… we managed to entice the LeT to send their shooters to India and were able to monitor their activities in India and to, in one sense, catch them. It was a very planned operation… something intelligence agencies around the world do.”

“Yes, it was a trap and it was a very successful operation… you are using the sources of LeT, people who think they are LeT, to be able to pass on information. It is always better to know when your enemy is coming in rather than wait for collateral intelligence where someone plans something without your knowledge.”

Grover said Pillai had only corroborated the CBI chargesheet in the case. “It is even in the CBI chargesheet that two among the group were LeT terrorists. The IB had been tracking one of them. They had been picked up earlier and, thereafter, Javed and Ishrat were picked up. Once you have people in your custody… chargesheet talks about even the farmhouses where they were kept. Even after that, you are killing them.”

The CBI filed a chargesheet against seven police officers in the case. All are out on bail now. The CBI request for sanction to prosecute four IB officers in the case was rejected by the Home Ministry last June. Since then, the case has not moved forward.

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First Published on: March 2, 2016 3:16 am
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    Aditya
    Mar 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    This is what you get when foreigners like Mrs. hi, her son Rahul Baba and their chamchas like Mr. Chidambram rul the country.
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      Dinesh
      Mar 2, 2016 at 11:55 am
      Chidamdaram the guy with Dohtiwalla is B******
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        Modi.the.great
        Mar 1, 2016 at 6:08 pm
        Stupids! After all for killing one woman? Look how many 1000s did Modi macre and escaped without a bruise and even became the piMP Manager(PM) Modi. Modi is the greatest of all.
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          Firoz Alam
          Mar 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm
          Till yesterday, we were convinced that it was a fake encounter. Court also ruled accordingly. Now, we come to know totally opposite. Making and breaking is in the hands of the ruling govt. No body is an independent body. All work at the direction of the ruling govt, be it IB or CBI. Public remain confused about the truth.
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            IML sood
            Mar 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm
            Some traitors are even seen here from the lines of thinking that is visible from their comments. But rest ured their days are numbered as the Govt which was pampering them is no more there to protect them.Some supporting media has also not escaped the attention of awakened public who has recently viewed with dismay what had happened in JNU.This Govt .with a strong and dedicated PM will root them up and out and many sympathisers here and there will be orphaned. God willing this will happen soon.
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              Jay
              Mar 2, 2016 at 8:05 am
              Congress is number 1 terrorist organisation in India. It is the ISIS of India.
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                JJ
                Mar 1, 2016 at 8:49 pm
                UPA 1and 2,has a number of ISI moles who were known as dreaded Minority Coterie in the Congress. They leaned on The Congress President to intervene. She put pressure on Chidambaranji, Just as Chidambaran plotted for Delhi Police to Murder Ramdev in Ramlila Maidan on Congress Presidents instructions. She went abroad so she can not be made liable. Chidambaran Knew Congress president had Handlers abroad and she was planted on India as a life long Viceroy to rule on the Natives.
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                  Karun
                  Mar 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm
                  It appears the Italian lady not only looted the country through mega scams like 2G and Coalgate, but also tried to destroy the country through her friendly terror organisations.
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                    Maniktripathy
                    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:13 am
                    Only country in the world where "terrorism" is being used for political "revenges" and "vote banks"....If this is indeed true , this former HM and his cronies should be booked and jailed...
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                      MyTake
                      Mar 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm
                      Don't know about the Hindian Stink Tanks but a common man has no difficulties in believing UPA wanted to use Ishrat as an weapon to shoot down Modi. Only the blessings of people have kept Modi undisturbed and undeviated from his cherished goal of serving the very people where he comes from.
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                        MyTake
                        Mar 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm
                        If anything PC has brought himself down to Bihar Ki Beti's level and it's not the other way around. Shame on these leaders! Was that the oath of office he took when he occupied the position of power?
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                          MyTake
                          Mar 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm
                          Now find the answer why CBI was put at loggerhead against IB! This plan would have made sure all future Ishrats become embodiment of virtues at the expense of the people and serve the Masters for time indefinite. This time only God saved India! Does not make sense why the Indian proletariat parties fall prey to these nefarious designs from the to time!
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                            Myrake
                            Mar 1, 2016 at 6:39 pm
                            (...main question is who asked for a change and for what reason. Obviously politics was pla,” he said.) Ask Bishkannya for answer!
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                              Naveen
                              Mar 3, 2016 at 6:24 pm
                              Chidmbaram appears to be a seasoned criminal and liar. He must be arrested immediately and his terror links with LeT must be probed. Mr Chidambaram, you have betra the country. We all know that it is your decision to change the affidavit which originally mentioned the LeT link. You and your party used the issue to target Modi. You are now supporting Afsal Guru. What is your link with LeT? You have done a great betrayal to the country. It is shameful that you have been the home minister. What other compromises you have done to please the terror groups, ypur Madam, and your Party votebank?
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                                Naveen
                                Mar 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm
                                Mr Chidambaram, you have betra the country. We all know that it is your decision to change the affidavit which originally mentioned the LeT link. You and your party used the issue to target Modi. You are now supporting Afsal Guru. What is your link with LeT? You have done a great betrayal to the country. It is shameful that you have been the home minister. What other compromises you have done to please the terror groups, ypur Madam, and your Party votebank? Chidmbaram ypu appear to be a seasoned criminal and liar. You have to be arrested immediately and your terror links with LeT must be probed.
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                                  Naveen
                                  Mar 3, 2016 at 6:23 pm
                                  He should be appointed as security officer for Sonia hi and Rahul hi, and be asked to follow Congress Policy that if any suicide bomber approaches them, he should wait for the terrorist to carry out their task, allow the terrorist to escape, and file an FIR and try the case in the court according to the law.
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                                    Naveen
                                    Mar 2, 2016 at 7:57 am
                                    Mr Chidambaram, you have betra the country. We all know that it is your decision to change the affidavit which originally mentioned the LeT link. You and your party used the issue to target Modi. You are now supporting Afsal Guru. What is your link with LeT? You have done a great betrayal to the country. It is shameful that you have been the home minister. What other compromises you have done to please the terror groups, ypur Madam, and your Party votebank? Chidmbaram appears to be a seasoned criminal and liar. He must be arrested immediately and his terror links with LeT must be probed.
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                                      George
                                      Mar 2, 2016 at 5:48 am
                                      Manmohan, Chidambaram,Sonia,Rahul, Nitish,Lallu,Mamta,Yechuri have been proved beyond doubt that they are anti national. They will go to any length to win a few votes. They will sell our beloved country. People of India should vote to authorise the government to hand them life imprisonment
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                                        Mohammad paedophile
                                        Mar 2, 2016 at 8:03 am
                                        Muslims will always be a threat to India , their loyalty is always questionable , from azharuddin to owaisi , SIMI to ishrat , all of them are terrorists at their heart ,only God knows their secret agenda , but I say good days have come ,we are now more united , we can collectively defeat all these muslim appeasing mongers ,we don't need any weapons ,democracy and unity should be our weapons
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                                          Mohammad paedophile
                                          Mar 2, 2016 at 6:11 am
                                          Muslims will always be a threat to Hindhustan , their loyalty is always questionable , from azharuddin to owaisi , SIMI to ishrat , all of them are terrorists at their heart ,only God knows their secret agenda , but I say good days have come ,we are now more united , we can collectively defeat all these muslim appeasing mongers ,we don't need any weapons ,democracy and unity should be our weapons
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                                            Raje
                                            Mar 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm
                                            Mr. Mani today on Timesnow says that ... he gave the same info to NDTV, I--E, India today. But they all covered it up and never shown in MEDIA. People who read this comment should wear a thinking cap and ask themselves, media houses and how they help certain congress politicians.
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