Home Ministry to re-examine Ishrat Jahan case files

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs is all set to re-examine all files relating to the controversial Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.

The move by the home ministry comes after former Home Secretary G K Pillai said that ex-Home Minister P Chidambaram had changed an affidavit, which originally described Ishrat and her slain aides as LeT operatives. "We are trying to locate files relating to Ishrat Jahan case. We are yet to get all files as some of these are yet to be traced," a senior Home Ministry official said. "We are looking at the files keeping in view that new facts have come to light," he added. The then UPA government had submitted two affidavits - one that the four, who were killed in an alleged fake encounter, were terrorists and the second saying there was no conclusive evidence - within two months in 2009.

“Only after the affidavit was revised, as directed by the minister, did the file come to me,” Pillai is quoted as saying by a media report.

Meanwhile, advocate M.L. Sharma moved the Supreme Court on Monday for initiating contempt of Court proceedings against P. Chidambaram. Sharma also sought quashing of fake-encounter case registered against Gujarat Police officers.

News24 Bureau