Breakthrough for committee probing missing Ishrat Jahan files
New Delhi, June 8: The one man committee probing the case relating to the missing files in the Ishrat Jahan case has managed to retrieve one crucial document. A letter that was written to the Attorney General by the former Home Secretary G K Pillai is now with the committee.
There have been allegations that the former Home Minister, P Chidambaram had changed the narrative in the case.
Ishrat Jahan was killed in an encounter and this issue had led to a major controversy with some indicating that the operation against the Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) operative was fake.
While there are still more files to be traced in connection with this case, the finding of the note by the former home secretary is a breakthrough for the one man committee set up by the Home Ministry.
There were exchange of notes between the home secretary and the home ministry on this issue. Pillai had on September 23 2009 sent a note to Chidambaram with regard to the filing of the second affidavit.
A day later Chidambaram responds to the note stating, As amended, please show clear copy before it is sent to court. The charge against the former home minister is that he had not consulted with other officials before making changes.
To Chidambaram's note, Pillai writes back stating that, Clear copy shown to home minister. Please take further action and letters may be sent to law secretary and attorney general for information.
The committee set up is probing how files went missing.
The home ministry is also trying to find if there were any other circumstances that led to the change in affidavit. The four files include the letters sent by Pillai to the AG, the draft affidavit vetted by the AG and also the amended draft by Chidambaram.