Ishrat case: Lead investigator blames Parliament and 26/11 attack on Indian govt
New Delhi, March 2: Satish Verma, the CBI officer whose name is doing the rounds following allegations by a former under secretary in the Home Ministry had once said that the attack on Parliament and 26/11 were the job of the government of India.
Verma the lead investigator in the Ishrat Jahan case has been accused of torturing R V S Mani, the former under secretary who was told to draft the affidavits in the case.
According to a letter that Mani had written in June 2013, he said that he was told by Verma the CBI-SIT officer from the Gujarat cadre that the Parliament and 26/11 attacks were orchestrated by the government of India. [Govt accused of hatching 26/11, Parliament attacks]
Verma's conspiracy theory:
According to Mani's letter, both the attack on Parliament in 2001 and Mumbai in 2008 were orchestrated by the government. He explained that both the attacks were carried out with an objective of strengthening the counter terrorist legislation.
He narrated that 13.12.2001 was followed by POTA [Prevention of Terrorism Act] and 26.11.2008 was followed by amendment to UAPA [Unlawful Activities Prevention Act].
According to the letter, Verma made these allegations while attempting to debunk the Intelligence Bureau's inputs which labelled the three persons killed along with Ishrat Jahan as Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists.
It may be recalled when this letter had become public, several Pakistani news channels had picked this up. Pakistan which was already in denial mode about these attacks had played out this news stating that there was an Indian government hand in both these attacks.
The Express Tribune, while reporting this news had said, 'Startling revelations: Mumbai, Parliament attacks orchestrated.'
"In a shocking disclosure a former officer of the Indian Home Ministry has alleged that the Indian government had orchestrated the two high-profile terrorist attacks which New Delhi has blamed on Pakistan-based militant groups."
Such allegations by the CBI officer and the handling of the Ishrat Jahan case had hurt relations with the Intelligence Bureau. The two agencies had stopped seeing eye to eye.