Ishrat Jahan case: Congress sharpens attack on PM Modi, Amit Shah

The Congress leaders also warned BJP against attacking Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the matter, saying it would even force an apology.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2016 5:41 am
Abhishek Singhvi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma at the press meet in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI photo Abhishek Singhvi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma at the press meet in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI photo

On the eve of the Parliament session, Opposition Congress Sunday made it clear that it will not be on the defensive on the Ishrat Jahan issue. Having faced a belligerent attack from the BJP, the party hit back, raking up the contents of the CBI’s 2013 chargesheet in the case and claimed that the testimony of a Gujarat police officer in it shows that the encounter killings had the prior approval of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

Congress fielded a battery of senior leaders and legal minds to take on the BJP on Sunday. Referring to the BJP’s attack on the Ishrat Jahan affidavit issue, Kapil Sibal said, “This web of deceit and deception is being woven by the government and certain sections of media to save the skin of Prime Minister Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.” He read out portions of the statement by D H Goswami, the then Deputy SP, made under Section 164 of the CrPC.

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Sibal said Goswami had mentioned in his statement about a meeting at the office of the Joint Commissioner of Police in Ahmedabad in which D G Vanzara, SIB officer Rajinder Kumar and P P Pandey were present days before the encounter. Goswami had claimed that he heard the officers talking about some LeT operation and Kumar asking Vanzara to talk to the Chief Minister about it. Goswami had quoted Vanzara as telling Kumar that he would talk to ‘safed dadhi’ (white beard) and ‘kali dadhi’ (black beard).

Goswami had also talked about a second meeting along with police officer G L Singhal the next day. He had claimed that Vanzara had told Singhal he had the approval of the Chief Minister and Home Minister. This statement, Sibal said, is corroborated by a statement under Section 161 CrPC of Kishorsinh Vaghela, another Deputy SP.

“A statement under section 164 of Cr PC is admissible in evidence per se. In case, Ishrat Jahan trial was to proceed, it is inevitable that the PM and BJP president would be summoned as accused. It is, therefore, obvious that present tsunami of misinformation is to save the then CM of Gujarat and the then MoS (Home), Gujarat from appearing before the sessions court as accused… The killing happened in 2004 and chargesheet was filed by the CBI in 2014. We are in 2016 now and why the trial is not going forward. The reason is clear,” Sibal said. He demanded completion of the trial in the next six months. He said all the seven accused in the case are out on bail and one among them, P P Pandey, is the acting DGP of Gujarat. Congress played out a purported taped conversation between Pandey and Singhal. It claimed that the two were discussing about offering judgeship to a counsel of the central government. Sibal alleged that two Gujarat officershad been given posting in the CBI in Delhi to influence the probe. Party’s leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said all these issues would be raised in Parliament because the BJP was trying to defame the Congress.

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    Drzenda
    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:31 am
    WE JUST HAVE TO WAIT LITTLE MORE BEFORE IT WILL BE REVEALED THAT DIRECT HAND OF THESE TRAITORS HIDDEN IN UNDER THE Camouflage OF CONGRESS - SONIA, SHAKEEL, SALMAN, AHAMAD and crooks like Gulam ,"jaichands" like CHIDU, SUSHILKUMAR SHINDE , MANISHANKH, DIGI ARE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN TERROR ACTIVITIES AGAINST THE COUNTRY IN HANDS AND GLOVE WITH TERRORISTS ORGANIZATIONS FROM ACROSS THE BORDER IN METICULOUSLY WORKED OUT SCHEME TO DIVIDE AND DISINTEGRATE INDIA., SAW A CHAIWALA HONEST CM WOULD WIPE THEM OUT AND THEN CONSPIRED TO MURDER FUTURE PM.SO THAT THEY COULD CONTINUE THEIR AGENDA OF WIPING OUT HINDUSTAN!
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      mumbikar
      Apr 25, 2016 at 11:18 am
      Hitler lost when faced with considerable force !!! Modi is the modern day Hitler !!! uses propaa to boost his image. our youth and students are smarter !!!
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        mumbikar
        Apr 25, 2016 at 11:07 am
        what is the m muderer's modi/shah hiding ? once and for all, lets ask them. they want to blame others ? thats the first signs of guilt.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;?
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          john michael
          Apr 25, 2016 at 5:35 am
          why is the BJP/RSS not moving forward in this case.. let the courts decide,, why leave it to arnab goswami to decide.
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            Nityananda
            Apr 25, 2016 at 3:29 am
            At this stage with all the mes of evidence and it's complexity, neither common citizens, nor politicians are in a position to sit in judgement on cases such as Ishrat or Samjhauta. The correct resolution will be found only after a complete trial and all appeals are disposed off. That is why it is vital for the trials to proceed at an early date to set at rest all controversies. It is the duty of the BJP Govt to see that these trials are taken up at an early date.
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