New Delhi, Mar 2: It is over to the judiciary and the Home Ministry of India now. With it becoming clear that the UPA was on a witch hunt where the Ishrat Jahan encounter was concerned, it is time to set the narrative straight.
A lot would depend on both the judiciary and the Home Ministry now.
Even if one were to leave politics aside for a while, the narrative regarding the Ishrat Jahan encounter has to be set straight in the interest of national security.
With there not being an iota of doubt that the four persons gunned down by the Gujarat police in 2004 were Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) terrorists, both the Home Ministry and the Supreme Court will need to play a proactive role.
Thanks to this Ishrat Jahan encounter, several officers of the Intelligence Bureau, Home Ministry and the Gujarat police were hounded. Rajinder Kumar, a senior Intelligence Bureau official was even told to change the narrative against the Gujarat police, but he refused to buckle. This resulted in the government unleashing the CBI on him. The case is same where the Gujarat police are concerned.
The home ministry has asked for the files for a re-look. At the same time there is a petition before the Supreme Court seeking a re-look of the entire case in the wake of the revelations made by former Home Secretary G K Pillai. Both the Home Ministry as well as the Supreme Court can order a re-look into this case now.
With new facts emerging, the case does deserve a re-investigation. This would go a long way as it would boost the morale of the Intelligence Bureau. In this case it was clear that the IB was hounded for a successful operation.
Pillai himself claimed that it was a successful IB operation as they managed to track down Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists.
The other aspect regarding this case would be set the narrative straight on Ishrat Jahan too. Many have claimed that she was innocent although there is nothing on record to second that.
Why was she with the three others who have been confirmed as Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists? Why did she check in with terrorists as their wife. Why did the Lashkar-e-Tayiba magazine hail her as a martyr? Why did David Headley say thrice that she was a fidayeen with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.