Ishrat Jahan case: Ravi Shankar Prasad questions Chidambaram’s actions

At a press conference at the party office, Prasad also questioned the CBI probe into the alleged fake encounter, in which Ishrat and her aides were killed, alleging that the entire government machinery was abused.

Ravi Shankar Prasad

BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has questioned the actions of former Home Minister P Chidambaram in the Ishrat Jahan case, and called for a probe on what he feels is a vendetta by the UPA government against Narendra Modi.

At a press conference at the party office, Prasad also questioned the CBI probe into the alleged fake encounter, in which Ishrat and her aides were killed, alleging that the entire government machinery was abused, and sited the statement of the then Home Secretary GK Pillai and the then Under Secretary RVS Mani to seek a probe.

“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 said.

“There was a consistent campaign against Mr Modi that he needs to be framed, Amit Shah 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,” he stated.

BJP’s accusation was that Chidambaram did on the directions of the Congress high command, he said making an apparent reference to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi.

Asked if BJP sought a fresh probe into the fake encounter case, he said he will leave it to the report of inquiry he had demanded on behalf of BJP.

The probe should include, he said, who was pressurising whom and what impact it made on the country’s security apparatus and its morale.

“Did Congress party compromise with the national security due to its hate for Modi? A quick probe should be done,” Prasad said.

Asked if he wanted a judicial probe, he said “we are not closing that option.”

The first affidavit filed by the government had said that Ishrat and her aides were LeT operatives and there was no need for a CBI probe into their killing, he said, adding that the second affidavit changed the stand, facilitating a CBI probe that led to the arrest of several Gujarat police officials.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court has granted permission to former DIG of Gujarat Police, DG Vanzara, who is said to be involved in the staged encounter of Ishrat Jahan, to enter Gujarat.

Vanzara had been granted bail in the Soharabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case on the condition that he would not return to Gujarat and would appear in the Mumbai court thrice a week.
[source :-intoday]