The one-man inquiry panel constituted to look for missing documents in the Ishrat case affidavit file of Union home ministry may examine former union home secretary GK Pillai as he also handled the documents during his tenure, sources said.
“I have not heard anything about it,” said Pillai. When asked whether he will cooperate with the inquiry, the former home secretary said: “Why should I not cooperate with it as it is a government inquiry.”
The home ministry filed two affidavits in response to a petition seeking a probe into the encounter. The first, filed on August 6, 2009 said Jahan and Sheikh were Lashkar-e-Taiba activists. The second, filed on September 29, 2009, the ministry said the central government was not concerned with the merits of the action taken by the Gujarat police and anything stated in the (first) affidavit was not intended to support or justify the police action.
“The panel will examine all officers - serving or retired - who have dealt with the Ishrat Jahan related files,” said an official part of the deliberations on the matter.