Files accessed by a TV channel has exposed former home minister P. Chidambaram’s claim that he did not sign the first affidavit filed by his ministry in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. The revelation shows that Chibambaram had signed an the affidavit on 29 July 2009, after then home secretary G.K Pillai had signed.
The expose by Times Now reveals that Chidambaram was aware of the first affidavit. the lawyer turned politician have so far continuously denied his involvement in preparation of the affidavit in the fake encounter case. He has so far refused to own up that he has signed the file. It shows the double standard of the UPA government in Ishrat Jahan case.
Earlier former home secretary Pillai had claimed that Chidambaram sent back the affidavit to remove references to Lashkar-e-Tayeba, in addition to making other changes to it. Chidambaram replied to that it was his duty to “correct the first affidavit”, which he said was ambiguous. He also said a supplementary affidavit was filed after consulting with Pillai, the then Intelligence Bureau chief, and other top security officials.
Chidambaram also admitted that he made only editorial changes to the affidavits filed in the case
If Chidambaram himself has approved the first affidavit, what were the circumstances to file a second affidavit?
Pillai also claimed “political interference” in the case which led to the deletion of reference to Lashkar-e-Tayeba from the revised affidavit filed in 2009.
After the expose Chidambaram said that he cannot comment on the issue without perusing the files.
BJP said the expose shows the involvement of the Congress and they alleged that it was their plan to nail then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
Jahan’s death in an alleged fake encounter came up recently after Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley testified to a Mumbai court that the 19 year old was a member of the terror group.