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Ishrat Jahan case files to be examined by Home Ministry

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NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry is all set to examine files relating to the controversial Ishrat Jahan case after former Home Secretary G K Pillai said ex-Home Minister P Chidambaram had changed an affidavit, which originally described Ishrat 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 said re-look of the Ishrat Jahan files was necessitated 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.

Pillai on Sunday claimed that as Home Minister during UPA government, Congress leader Chidambaram had recalled the file a month after the original affidavit, which described Ishrat and her slain aides as LeT operatives, was filed in Supreme Court.

“Only after the affidavit was revised, as directed by the minister, did the file come to me,” Pillai is quoted as saying by a media report.

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.

PTI

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