Congress’ malicious campaign against Amit Shah stands demolished: BJP

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that senior IB officials have been charged and will naturally face trial.

New Delhi | Published:February 6, 2014 8:22 pm

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday claimed that with CBI not naming Amit Shah in its charge sheet in the Ishrat Jehan encounter case, Congress’ “malicious” campaign against the former Gujarat minister of complicity in the case “stands demolished”.

The Opposition party, however, raised the sensitive issue of senior intelligence officials involved in covert operations against terror being subjected to criminal prosecution and sought a debate on it as this will dissuade them from taking initiatives in their fight against terror.

“Today the CBI did not find any evidence against Amit Shah in the Ishrat Jehan encounter case and consequently he was not named in the charge sheet,” BJP’s deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

“For the last so many years, Congress party, both in Gujarat and at the national level, had undertaken a malicious, motivated and systematic campaign against Amit Shah of complicity in the Ishrat Jehan case. That campaign stands demolished today and the truth triumphs,” he said.

Seeking a debate on the issue of intelligence officials subjected to criminal cases for their action in covert operations against terror as has been done in the Ishrat case, he said this is the “real danger” in the fight against terror.

He said for the first time in India’s history, senior Intelligence Bureau officials have been named in a charge sheet in an encounter case and will naturally face trial.

“But the larger issue is should senior Intelligence Bureau officers involved in covert operations against terror be subjected to criminal prosecution. We need to debate this sensitive issue.

“Otherwise there is an apprehension that hence forward, no Intelligence Bureau officer, small of big, or other personnel involved in intelligence covert or overt operation would take any initiative against terror or their patrons, lest they may be implicated in a criminal case. This is a real danger in the fight against terror,” he said.

CBI lodged a second charge sheet in the Ishrat encounter case against ex-IB Special Director Rajinder Kumar and three officers slapping murder and conspiracy charges, but did not name Shah who was questioned by the agency in the case.

Defending Shah, Prasad said even in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh murder case, the Gujarat High Court while giving bail to the former minister had observed that there is no prima facie case made out against against him and this was confirmed by the Supreme Court.

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    Indus
    Feb 9, 2014 at 3:07 am
    Why?You want him booked for protecting Gujarat from terrorists
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      Indus
      Feb 9, 2014 at 3:07 am
      Why?You want him booked for protecting Gujarat from terrorists
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        Indus
        Feb 9, 2014 at 3:07 am
        sure it is according to the gospel of secularists
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          Indus
          Feb 9, 2014 at 3:07 am
          sure it is according to the gospel of secularists
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            Raju Gupta
            Feb 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm
            Killing any Muslim terrorist like Ishrat is Anti National activity...such officer should be charged under POTA.
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              ap
              Feb 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm
              what was she doing with stani terrorist in car when she killed. She is innocent. Are you trying to save a terrorist.
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                ap
                Feb 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm
                what was she doing with stani terrorist in car when she killed. She is innocent. Are you trying to save a terrorist.
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                  Bin
                  Feb 7, 2014 at 1:17 am
                  How come Amit shah not booked? I thought CBI was a pocket tool of Congress according to BJP.
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                    Bin
                    Feb 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm
                    How come Congress spared Amit Shah, i thought CBI was the tool of Congress, according to BJP.
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                      Bin
                      Feb 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm
                      How come Congress spared Amit Shah, i thought CBI was the tool of Congress, according to BJP.
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                        Mahi Kumari
                        Feb 7, 2014 at 9:58 am
                        Bhartiya Jnata Party tells lie to country's peoples, CBI only holds his name for coming charge-sheet, country never forget Amit Shah role in 2002 riots, so BJP should stop his statement on CBI charge-sheet
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                          Mahi Kumari
                          Feb 7, 2014 at 9:58 am
                          Bhartiya Jnata Party tells lie to country's peoples, CBI only holds his name for coming charge-sheet, country never forget Amit Shah role in 2002 riots, so BJP should stop his statement on CBI charge-sheet
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                            rohit makan
                            Feb 7, 2014 at 6:10 am
                            amit shah is a leader of criminal cases he can do nothing in up or anywhere he is a pupet of modi what modi says he do.
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                              rohit makan
                              Feb 7, 2014 at 6:10 am
                              amit shah is a leader of criminal cases he can do nothing in up or anywhere he is a pupet of modi what modi says he do.
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                                Citizen
                                Feb 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm
                                As we have seen during the last 60 years rule of congi the aim is only to get into power and make scam after scam even by splitting the society and not the national interests and common man's progress. Jaihind
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                                  Citizen
                                  Feb 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm
                                  As we have seen during the last 60 years rule of congi the aim is only to get into power and make scam after scam even by splitting the society and not the national interests and common man's progress. Jaihind
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