Advani, Sushma's hubby dragged into Ishrat encounter case

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New Delhi, July 11: Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who always makes headlines with his statements, once again shocked all with his remarks against senior BJP leaders. This time Singh tried to drag senior BJP leaders into the controversial Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

During an interview with national daily The Indian Express, Singh tried to establish the connections between Intelligence Bureau (IB) Special Director Rajinder Kumar and top BJP leaders such as -- LK Advani, Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj and her husband Swaraj Kaushal. Kumar has been named as one accused in the charge-sheet filed by the CBI in the fake encounter case.

However, the Congress leader claimed that he did not try to establish any link between Kumar and BJP leaders but he tried to tell the "facts". The daily quoted Digvijay Singh as saying, "I am not saying anything. I am only stating facts. Is it not a fact that Kumar was a close associate of Swaraj Kaushal when he was a Governor in the Northeast (in Mizoram)?"

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"Is it not a fact that under Advani, Kumar was posted in IB, Ahmedabad? Is it not a fact that GL Singhal (then ACP in Ahmedabad) has said in his statement to the CBI that Kumar was involved in helping the Gujarat Police in the fake encounter?" added the Congress leader.

Singh also claimed that Kumar along with Gujarat Police had worked together to promote Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, "so that he becomes a hero in the mind of all people who believe that terrorism and acts of terror are only being done by the Muslims."

Earlier Singh had claimed that the union home ministry must clarify whether David Headley, key conspirator in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, told NIA that Ishrat Jehan, shot dead by Gujarat Police, had terrorist links.

Singh also had said that confusing statements were being made by different security agencies - the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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