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Ishrat case: Congress directed Chidambaram to target Modi, says BJP

“There was a consistent campaign against Mr Modi that he needs to be framed, Amit Shah needs to be framed by hook or by crook,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad as BJP demanded a probe into the role of top Congress brass of the then UPA government, besides that of the then home minister P Chidambaran, in the Ishrat Jahan “fake” encounter case.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2016 22:08 IST
Narendra Modi,P Chidambaran,Ravi Shankar Prasad
A candlelight vigil for Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter. BJP has demanded a probe into the role of the top Congress brass, besides P Chidambaran, in the case.(HT file photo )

The BJP attacked the Congress on Tuesday, accusing it of “flip-flop” in the alleged fake encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan to “frame” Narendra Modi and demanded a probe into the role of then home minister P Chidambaram and other Congress leaders of the then UPA government.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also questioned the CBI probe into the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat and her aides, accusing that the entire government machinery was abused.

At a press conference at the party office, he cited the statement of the then home secretary G K Pillai and the then under secretary R V S Mani to seek a probe.

Read | Chidambaram didn’t consult me before revising Ishrat affidavit: Pillai

“Enough suspicious circumstances have arisen from the statements of the Home Secretary, confirmed by the then under secretary that the decision was taken by Mr Chidambaram by bypassing them by changing the complete complexion (of the case).

“There was a consistent campaign against Mr Modi that he needs to be framed, Amit Shah needs to be framed by hook or by crook. And the entire government machinery was abused. BJP demands that the government of India investigate this. We are demanding that a fair inquiry be done on the entire flip flop on the Ishrat Jahan case,” he said.

BJP said what Chidambaram did was on the directions of the Congress high command, making an apparent reference to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi.

Asked if BJP sought a fresh probe into the fake encounter case, Prasad said he will leave it to the report of inquiry he had demanded on behalf of BJP.

Read | GK Pillai equally responsible for Ishrat affidavit change: Chidambaram

The probe should include, he said, who was pressurising whom and what impact it made on the country’s security apparatus and its morale.

“Did Congress party compromise with the national security due to its hate for Modi? A quick probe should be done,” Prasad said.

Asked if he wanted a judicial probe, he said “we are not closing that option.”

The first affidavit filed by the government had said that Ishrat and her aides were LeT operatives and there was no need for a CBI probe into their killing, he said, adding that the second affidavit changed the stand, facilitating a CBI probe that led to the arrest of several Gujarat police officials.

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First Published: Mar 01, 2016 21:49 IST