BJP Targets Sonia Gandhi Over Ishrat Affidavit, Cong Hits Back
The Bhartiya Janata Party suggested that the Congress chief had asked the then Home Minister P Chidambaram to file a second affidavit in the case as UPA could “tolerate terrorists but not Narendra Modi as Prime Minister”.
Party spokesperson Sambit Patra asked Chidambaram to name the “culprit” who asked him to change the affidavit in which references to Ishrat being an LeT operative and a threat to the life of Modi, then Gujarat’s Chief Minister, were made.
UPA Government Hit at the Root of Democracy, Says Patra
Patra made clear reference to Congress president Sonia Gandhi while addressing a press conference. He alleged that Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram “suppressed” information provided by the NIA and the FBI, the US probe agency, about Ishrat being a terrorist and a threat to Modi’s life.
The UPA government’s action hit at the root of democracy, he alleged, saying it knew that Ishrat was a suicide bomber deputed by the LeT to eliminate Modi.
Congress Questions BJP’s “Desperation” to Close Fake Encounter Case
On the other hand, Congress hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah over the Ishrat Jehan case, accusing them of “obstructing” judicial process and taking to “patent falsehoods”.
Surjewala added that Modi and Shah should tell the nation the real motive behind “desperation” to shut the trial. He alleged that the Modi government is using a web of selective news leaks, deceptive statements of its ministers and non-grant of sanction for prosecution of the accused to ensure mistrial and reinvestigation through pliable investigating agencies.
Surjewala said the Modi government seeks to “falsely hide” behind the language of pleadings before the High Court to ensure no trial takes place and truth does not come out.
Ishrat was killed in an encounter by Gujarat police in 2004. A court-monitored CBI probe had found the encounter fake and a major row erupted after the UPA government filed in September 2009 a second affidavit which, unlike the first, did not make any reference to her suspected LeT links.