Union home minister Rajnath Singh has set up a one-man committee to investigate the case of missing documents in the alleged extra-judicial killing of college student and suspected terrorist Ishrat Jahan by Gujarat police in 2004.
The documents are crucial as his ministry prepares the second affidavit in the Ishrat trial.
“Home ministry additional secretary BK Prasad has been made in-charge of the inquiry panel,” an official said.
Nineteen-year-old Ishrat of Mumbra in Maharashtra and three alleged associates — Javed Sheikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amzad Ali Rana — were shot dead on June 15, 2004, in Ahmedabad. They had apparently entered Gujarat to carry out terrorist attacks, an allegation contested in court.
The Centre had filed two affidavits in 2009, when Congress leader P Chidambaram was home minister, following a petition seeking a probe into the shooting. In the first, Ishrat and Sheikh were called operatives of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba. The second said anything stated in the first was not intended to support, or justify, the Gujarat Police action.
The BJP accused the Congress-led UPA government of dropping Ishrat’s name from the second affidavit to defame the Gujarat government under Narendra Modi.
On March 10 this year, home minister Singh told the Lok Sabha that two letters from then home secretary GK Pillai to the attorney general in 2009 have gone missing. He listed six documents that went missing and announced an inquiry.
Pillai too had alleged that the second affidavit was framed at the political level.