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Congress,BJP spar over Ishrat Jahan fake encounter chargesheet

Shinde said those guilty of carrying out the alleged fake encounter should be punished.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 4, 2013 2:26:53 pm

A day after CBI told a court in Ahmedabad that it is probing the role of IB officers in Ishrat Jahan case,Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today said those guilty of carrying out the alleged fake encounter should be punished. “Facts are facts. Guilty should be punished,” Shinde told PTI when asked to comment on CBI’s submission to the court.

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Shinde’s statement bears significance as Home Ministry officials have been maintaining that there was not enough evidence against Intelligence Bureau Special Director Rajendra Kumar and three others in the alleged fake encounter case.

BJP president Rajnath Singh defended the Gujarat government in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case,which has been termed as fake by CBI,and sought to enquire the victim’s link with terrorist groups.

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Singh said,”More than 3,000 encounters took place in the country before 2003. But to get political mileage,a big hype is created in this case and the central government has brought CBI against the IB.

“The track record of Ishrat Jahan should be checked if she had any link with terror groups and then make it public,” he said.

CBI had yesterday held that 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan was killed in a “fake” encounter in 2004 and charge sheeted seven police officers in the case,saying it was a joint operation between Gujarat police and the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau.

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The Home Ministry has been maintaining that CBI does not have enough evidence to prosecute IB officer Kumar in the alleged fake encounter case and it was unlikely to give sanction to CBI to prosecute the senior IPS officer. However,CBI has not sought the sanction from the Home Ministry,which is the cadre controlling authority of IPS officers.

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