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Ishrat Jahan case: Congress downplays Govt. criticism of UPA


Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday.New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB (PTI12_1_2015_000292B)

New Delhi: The Congress Party on Thursday downplayed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s criticism of the former UPA regime with regard to the Ishrat Jahan case and said that his so called ‘political statement’ holds no significance.

“The Home Minister’s flip flop reply on Ishrat Jahan is purely a political statement, it means nothing… The whole Ishrat Jahan case happened in Gujarat, the then Government of India (UPA) has nothing to do with it,” Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI.

“Three committees were appointed under the Gujarat government which stated that it was a false encounter. So, it’s very clear that it was a false encounter which is unconstitutional and the people guilty should be punished for it. Whether Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist or not, the Congress Party had nothing to do with that. It is for the Gujarat government to decide whether she was a terrorist or not her killing was illlegal,” he added.

The Home Minister earlier in the day accused the Congress-led UPA government of having indulged in a flip-flop on Ishrat Jahan’s links with terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and said the issue of terrorism shouldn’t be politicised.

“Not only India, but the entire world is facing the menace of terrorism today. Any issue related to terrorism shouldnt be politicised. Be it the Ishrat Jahan case, or any other such case, there shouldn’t be flip-flop by any government. But there has been a flip-flop by the previous government with regard to the Ishrat Jahan’s case,” he said in Parliament.

Singh said it is a conspiracy to frame people, as many documents on Ishrat Jahan are missing.

Former home secretary G.K. Pillai had earlier alleged that former home minister P. Chidambaram ‘bypassed him’ and rewrote an affidavit submitted to a court on Ishrat Jahan, the 19-year-old student killed in an encounter in 2004.

Referring to the change in the Home Ministry’s affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan case that did not refer to her as Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while intervening in the motion of thanks for the President’s address to Parliament told the Rajya Sabha, “In the process you unbarred the entire security apparatus of India because you wanted to fix a political leader. Some day an investigation will take place on how internal security was played with.