P Chidambaram rewrote affidavit and he bypassed me, says GK Pillai

Former Home Secretary GK Pillai on Sunday said that his boss and former Home Minister P Chidambaram had changed an affidavit which described Ishrat Jahan and her aides as LeT operatives.

Congress Leader P. Chidambaram and GK Pillai

Former Home Secretary GK Pillai on Sunday said that his boss and former Home Minister P Chidambaram had changed an affidavit which described Ishrat Jahan and her aides as LeT operatives.

Pillai claimed that Congress leader Chidambaram had recalled the file a month after the original affidavit was filed in Supreme Court.

“Only after the affidavit was revised, as directed by the minister, did the file come to me,” Pillai is quoted as saying by a media report.

In 2009, UPA government had submitted two affidavits within two months- one that the four, who were killed in an alleged fake encounter, were terrorists and the second saying there was no conclusive evidence of terror links.

P Chidambaram on Monday took the responsibility of the second affidavit. “As a minister I accept full responsibility for the affidavit and it is disappointing that the former home secretary who is equally responsible wants to distance himself from that now,” he said.

Ishrat Jehan was a young college girl who was killed along with three others in 2004 near Ahmedabad by police officers who claimed that she was part of a plot to assassinate then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Now the BJP is blaming the Congress and the Gandhi family for changing the affidavit for political reasons.

India Today’s Gaurav Sawant spoke to former Special Director of Intelligence Bureau, Sudhir Kumar, who generated the intel input in Ishrat Jahan case. Here is what Kumar said:

What did he say
  1. From 2002 onwards, various groups from Pakistan and Nepal were trying to cause violence in India.
  2. Intelligence input on Ishrat Jahan’s LeT connection was genuine.
  3. Intelligence input passed on to Gujarat.
  4. One might claim that Ishrat Jahan was misled, but she was an active part of the group.
  5. Politically motivated inquiry has adversely impacted morale of IB field officers.
  6. Top leadership of IB and Govt let down officers combating terror.
  7. We did not need Headley to confirm Ishrat’s terror links, knew from multiple sources.
  8. Ishrat Jahan and LeT module was monitored both in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
  9. Politics over terror has weakened terror fighting machinery.
  10. Rajinder Kumar (then Joint Director IB) and other IB officers did a good job but we’re unfairly targeted.

[source :-intoday]