Ishrat Case: Didn’t Sign Affidavit, Says Chidambaram; BJP Counters

Chidambaram contends that affidavit controversy was created to divert focus from the fake encounters. 

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Media reports have claimed that former Home Minister P Chidambaram signed on contradictory affidavits related to Ishrat Jahan’s terror links. (Photo: Altered by <b>The Quint</b>)

Former Home Minister P Chidambaram has broken his silence on the allegations of contradicting affidavits in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. Media reports had claimed that during his tenure, Chidambaram had tampered with the first affidavit to remove all references of Ishrat Jahan as a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative.

In a series of tweets, regarding the affidavits, Chidambaram said it was not him but his undersecretary that signed them.

Chidambaram contended that affidavit controversy has been stirred to divert the attention from the real issue in the Ishrat Jahan case.

He asserted that the core issue is whether there was a fake encounter and whether the four people, already in custody, were killed in it.

He also said that he has no recollection of seeing the first affidavit.

Chidambaram said that the second affidavit was filed to clarify the misinterpretations created by the first one.

BJP Counters Chidambaram’s Claim

The BJP countered Chidambaram’s claim that the affidavits were an excuse to divert the focus of people from the fake encounter. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that national security is not a diversionary issue.

Issue of compromising the national security is not a diversionary issue for us.
Kiren Rijiju, MoS Home Affairs

The war of words had escalated over the Ishrat Jahan case on Sunday as Congress accused the BJP of spreading misinformation to “save the skin” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. The BJP hit back, demanding an apology from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul for their “sin of playing with nation’s security”.

Addressing a joint press conference, Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Singhvi, Shaktisinh Gohil, Mallikarjun Kharge and Anand Sharma released a copy of a four-page statement of Gujarat police officer DH Goswami before a magistrate.

Simple truth is that this web of deceit and deception is being woven by government and certain sections of media to save the skin of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.
Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Leader

The Ishrat Jahan case was also discussed in the Parliament on Monday when the second phase of budget session resumed.

BJP leader Kirit Somaiya raised the issue, accusing Chidambaram of changing affidavit within three months. Somaiya sought a response from the government on who exactly concealed that she was a “terrorist.”

(With PTI and ANI inputs)

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