Missing Ishrat Jahan files could well be India's biggest mystery

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New Delhi, June 1: The Home Ministry will take the final call on whether to refer the probe relating to the missing Ishrat Jahan files to a specialised agency such as the CBI or the Delhi police. The committee has failed to trace two key papers regarding the case.

The committee which has been probing this case for over two months now has conducted searches in every possible place but failed to find the papers. The papers include the copy of the affidavit submitted in the Gujarat High Court, the draft of the second affidavit and also two letters by the former Home Secretary.

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Missing Ishrat Jahan files a mystery?

Every place searched

Apart from taking the statements of several officials, the one man probe committee even conducted searches at various places. Searches were conducted in the chambers of the under secretary of the internal security division, special secretary, joint secretary and also the records room of the home ministry.

The entire exercise yielded no results. In addition to this nearly 20 officials had been examined. The examination has helped the committee understand the year the papers could have gone missing. The committee is likely to examine two more officer before giving its report.

The home ministry will take the final call on the matter. With the papers untraceable, the next focus would be on finding out the persons who were part of handling files at the time it went missing.

The timeline of when the files went missing and the officials in charge at that time would be crucial to understand the case, sources informed. Action could be initiated against those officials who were part of handling files after an inquiry, the source also informed.

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