GK Pillai Knew of Changes in Ishrat Jahan Affidavit: Inquiry Panel

The panel’s claim assumes significance as it was Pillai who alleged that Chidambaram as Home Minister “bypassed him”

Published28 Jun 2016, 03:48 AM IST
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The one-man enquiry committee, which probed the issue of missing files in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, has claimed that former Home Secretary GK Pillai knew of the changes made in the second affidavit relating to the case which was to be filed before Gujarat High Court.

The panel noted that a draft copy of a letter addressed to then Attorney General late Goolam E Vahanvati by the former Home Secretary GK Pillai on 18 September, 2009 has been recovered from the computer of the office of the Home Secretary which refers to some discussions in the chamber of the Law Minister in regard to the supplementary affidavit.

The panel’s claim assumes significance as it was Pillai who, a few months ago, alleged that Chidambaram as Home Minister “bypassed him” and had rewritten the affidavit.

Also Read: Ishrat Jahan Missing Papers Probe Report Likely to Be Made Public

The panel has failed to pin-point the people who were responsible for it. It concluded saying it may have been “knowingly” removed or “unintentionally” misplaced.

However, the fact that there was some discussion in the chamber of Hon’ble Law Minister regarding filing of supplementary affidavit has not been recorded anywhere on the file either by the Joint Secretary or by the then Home Secretary.
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The first affidavit was filed on the basis of inputs from Maharashtra and Gujarat Police besides Intelligence Bureau where it was said that Ishrat, a 19-year-old girl from Mumbai who was killed in the outskirts of Ahmedabad in 2004, was an activist of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba but it was ignored in the second affidavit.

The second affidavit, claimed to have been drafted by Chidambaram, said there was no conclusive evidence to prove that Ishrat was a terrorist.

The panel indicated that the documents might have gone missing during its movement between the then Home Secretary GK Pillai and the then Home Minister P Chidambaram and also raised questions over the conduct of a former Joint Secretary D Diptivilas who had received an incomplete file.

(With inputs from PTI)

Also Read: Ishrat Jahan Documents Still Missing, Chidambaram Clueless

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