A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to cancel the criminal cases against Gujarat policemen in the alleged encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan, who, as per plea states, was a terrorist plotting to kill the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
The petition in the apex court follows a fresh testimony by US national and terror operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba David Coleman Headley, who said that Isharat Jahan was a member of the Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Since the “killing of a terrorist is not an offence under the Indian law”, the appeal filed by advocate ML Sharma asks the Supreme Court to drop charges against policemen accused of staging a fake encounter near Ahmedabad in 2004. Four offender, including Ishrat Jahan, were killed in that encounter.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry is all set to examine files relating to the controversial case after the former Home Secretary GK Pillai said that ex-Home Minister P Chidambaram had changed an affidavit, that originally portray Ishrat Jahan and her slain aides as LeT operatives.
“We are trying to locate files relating to Ishrat Jahan case. We are yet to get all files as some of these are yet to be traced,” a senior Home Ministry official said.
The official also said that re-examine the Ishrat Jahan files was required following the statement of the former Home Secretary. “We are looking at the files keeping in view that new facts have come to light,” he said.
On Sunday Mr. Pillai claimed that during the UPA government, as Home Minister, shri Chidambaram had recalled the file a month after the original affidavit, which described Ishrat and her slain aides as LeT operatives, was lodged in Supreme Court.
“Only after the affidavit was revised, as directed by the minister, did the file come to me,” Pillai is quoted on asking.
The then UPA government had submitted two affidavits – one that the four, who were killed in an alleged fake encounter, were terrorists and the second saying there was no conclusive evidence – within two months in 2009.