Attacking Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi over the CBI chargesheet that held the 2004 encounter of Ishrat Jahan as fake, the Congress on Wednesday said his role in all such encounters would also be exposed as "truth speaks for itself from the rooftop".
"He will also be exposed some time. Truth comes out at one point or the other. Truth speaks for itself from the rooftop. Someday, you will come to know of Modi's real face," Congress general secretary Madhusudan Mistry said.
"The people of Gujarat know that this encounter was fake. During a period of three months, when there was talk about removing Modi as chief minister, such encounters took place with frequent intervals propping up a theory that there was an attempt to murder him," he said.
The Congress evaded a query on its political fallout but maintained that it wanted law to take its own course and culprits be brought to book.
"The blood of innocent speaks loudly and reveals the identity of the killers…Justice will be done eventually," party spokesman Meem Afzal said.
On their part, the Left parties maintained that CBI appeared to be having some credible information in the Ishrat Jahan case, and called for a probe into all alleged fake encounters.
"The CBI remains the premier investigative agency in the country despite the fact that it was misused at times. BJP cannot sound like angles here. What happened in Gujarat is part of history and all the fake encounters must be pursued and the guilty should be brought to justice," CPI leader D Raja told HT.
The Janata Dal (United), the BJP's former ally, sought further probe into the encounter. "The country wants to know at whose behest this encounter was carried out," JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said.
Rejecting the BJP's charge that the Congress was doing vote-bank politics in encounter cases, Mistry countered the main opposition party's intent in defending IB officer Rajinder Kumar over his role in the Ishrat Jahan case.
"CBI is a central agency. So is IB. Why are they defending the IB officer? What interest they have in protecting him?" he asked, adding that the CBI inquiry in this case was not taking place at the behest of the Congress but as per the orders of the Supreme Court and the high court.