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Ishrat Jahan case: Don't politicise terror: Rajnath Singh

Replying Lok Sabha he said terrorist has no caste or religion

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Publish Date: Mar 10 2016 2:39PM | Updated Date: Mar 10 2016 2:39PM

Ishrat Jahan case: Don't politicise terror: Rajnath Singh

 The Lok Sabha on Thursday discussed the raging controversy over the affidavits filed in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. 

Replying on the issue, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh said any issue related to terrorism should not be politicised.
“Be it Ishrat Jahan case or any such case, there should not be a flip-flop by any government. But there has been a flip-flop by UPA govt in this case. There was an attempt by erstwhile UPA govt to dilute the fact that Ishrat was a LeT operative,” said Singh.
He said David Headley's statement is only a reaffirmation of what UPA government said in its earlier affidavit.
“MHA conducting probe into circumstances of filing of second affidavit in Ishrat Jahan case and some documents going missing,” he said.
“It was a deep conspiracy to defame then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, his government through a probe on the Ishrat case,” Singh added.
A terrorist has no caste or religion, he is just a terrorist, Singh further said. 
The first affidavit was filed on the basis of inputs from the Maharashtra and Gujarat police, besides the Intelligence Bureau, where it was said that the 19-year-old girl from the outskirts of Mumbai was an LeT activist, but this was ignored in the second affidavit, home ministry officials said.
The second affidavit, said to have been drafted by then home minister P. Chidambaram, said there was no conclusive evidence to prove that Ishrat was a terrorist, officials said.
Former home secretary G K Pillai had claimed that as home minister, Mr Chidambaram had recalled the file a month after the original affidavit, which described Ishrat and her slain aides as LeT operatives, was filed in the court.
“Only after the affidavit was revised, as directed by the minister, did the file come to me,” Mr Pillai had said.
Mr Chidambaram had said the second affidavit in the case was “absolutely correct”.
He had also maintained that intelligence agencies can only get inputs, they could not certify. The state police, which was to file the chargesheet, has to investigate and get evidence before filing it, he had said.
Mr Chidambaram has also expressed disappointment over Mr Pillai distancing himself from the affidavit issue, despite being “equally responsible”.
Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter with the Gujarat Police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.
The city crime branch had then said those killed in the encounters were LeT terrorists and had landed in Gujarat to kill then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.