New Delhi, May 28: For the Union Home Ministry to probe the change in narrative regarding the Ishrat Jahan case, finding two documents are extremely crucial.
The documents include a copy of the affidavit that was vetted by the then Attorney General which was submitted in the Gujarat High Court and also a second draft of the affidavit in which the changes are alleged to have been made.
The Home Ministry had appointed a one man committee to trace these files. However the committee comprising B K Prasad has failed to trace these files which increasingly gives the doubt that it may have been destroyed. He is due to submit his report by May 31.
These files are extremely crucial for the probe. It has been the allegation of the NDA government that the UPA had changed the narrative in the case. While at first it was stated that the encounter was a bonafide one, from 2009 onwards, the union government (UPA) had changed its stance in the court suggesting that it was a staged encounter.
The Union Home Ministry which had constituted a probe had assured to look into the matter. While there are statements from various persons indicating that the narrative in the case had changed, the missing files would be able to join the dots. Hence finding them becomes extremely crucial to the investigation.
The one man committee has been probing this case and has even questioned several officers who were part of the Home Ministry. While some officers have given their statements there are others the committee has not been able to contact.