A day after the one-man inquiry committee led by Additional Secretary BK Prasad submitted a report stating that four of the five missing Ishrat Jahan documents continue to be untraceable, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said P Chidambaram, the former Home Minister, attempted to give a clean chit to Jahan during the UPA rule.
“We have already got the reports by the one-man committee constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. We have seen the report and some of the important documents are still untraceable. And the intention is very clear. How these important documents are taken out of the records in the Home Ministry and why a hard core terrorist was declared as innocent through an affidavit?” he said.
“I can’t tell you what next steps would be. And it is not advisable to spell out at this point of time. But the steps taken by the UPA government, particularly during Chidambaram’s time, are very unfortunate. We will see what is to be done next,” Rijiju added.
Meanwhile, Chidambaram said the news report published in the Indian Express today “exposes the fake controversy created by the NDA government on the two affidavits filed by the Central government in the Ishrat Jahan case.”
The Indian Express reported today that Prasad, the Home Ministry official heading the probe in the ‘missing files’ case, tried to coach a witness as to what answers to give regarding the files in the case.
The tutoring of the witness puts a question mark on the integrity of the probe announced in Lok Sabha by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on March 10.
The ostensible purpose of that probe was to identify the circumstances around the UPA government’s second affidavit that dropped references to Ishrat’s alleged Lashkar links and allowed for a CBI probe into her June 15, 2004 killing.