Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarian Satyapal Singh said on Thursday that a top Congress leader had asked him to implicate Narendra Modi in the Ishrat Jahan encounter, in one of the significant comments made during a fractious debate on the alleged fake encounter case.
A member of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) — a former ally of the BJP —attacked both the UPA and the NDA governments for playing vote-bank politics on the Ishrat Jahan case.
Initiating a calling attention motion on “alleged alteration of affidavit relating to Ishrat Jahan case” in the Lok Sabha, BJP’s Nishikant Dubey accusing former home minister P Chidambaram of “manipulating” documents linked to the issue.
“There should not be politics at the cost of integrity of our country,” he said. “UPA government was aware that Ishrat Jahan had links to LeT. Congress has a history of playing politics over terror.”
Dubey also alleged that the Congress had “hatched a conspiracy to jail” Modi and Shah.
Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat when Ishrat Jahan and three men were killed by security forces for allegedly being on a mission to kill the BJP leader in 2004.
Deo, who was the only non-BJP member to speak on the motion, hit out at both the UPA and the NDA governments and claimed that there have been ample attempts to influence
He said the core issue was not whether Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist, but that it was an “extra-judicial killing”. “The seven accused from Gujarat police are still in service and have been promoted. What is the impact of this case?”
Deo said the politics around the Ishrat Jahan case has exemplified the “deep-rooted rot” in the country’s judicial system. “Why are we seeking an eye-for-an-eye revenge?
We cannot be seen as partisan? We cannot be seen has those stopping the natural progress of investigation.”
Satyapal Singh, who accepted that he made an excuse that he doesn’t know Gujrati to recuse himself as the SIT chairman, claimed that a top Congress leader had called him
and asked him to “lie and implicate” Modi, the then Gujarat chief minister, in the Ishrat Jahan case.
“Mera naam Satyapal hai aur main satya bolta hoon (My name is Satyapal and I don’t lie),” he said. “SIT has never been misused like it was in Ishrat Jahan case.”
As home minister Rajnath Singh got up to reply to the motion, slogan-shouting Congress members trooped into the well of the House, protesting Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s refusal to allow them to speak on the issue for not having given any notice.