Ishrat Jahan case: 'Congress is trying to gain political points,' says BJP

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 03, 2013 17:29 hrs

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Wednesday stated that Congress is trying to gain political points over the Ishrat Jahan case.

"They are running away from a debate. BJP clearly said they wanted a debate on this. Those people who need it will have to get it. Congress promised to bring it in the first 100 days, rather they are bringing in the last 100 days, and it clearly shows that they are doing it for political reasons and to gain political points," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, after the CBI released its chargesheet in this case.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader M. G. Vaidya meanwhile expressed surprise over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) not naming any politician in its chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan case, and said the law will hopefully take its course and the truth will prevail.

"Initially there were talks about the civil administration people being involved. The name of the Intelligence Bureau officer who was involved is also missing. Not one politician has been named in the chargesheet. The law will hopefully take its course and the truth will prevail," Vaidya said.

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has held that Ishrat Jahan was killed in a fake encounter in 2004 and chargesheeted seven police officers in the case.

Those against whom the charge sheet was filed for murder and criminal conspiracy include absconding Additional DGP P. P. Pandey and suspended DIG D. G. Vanzara.

"The encounter was a joint operation between Gujarat police and Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the state," CBI said in the charge sheet on Wednesday, adding, "the encounter was fake".

The CBI told the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate H. S. Khutwad that their investigation has established that all seven police officers chargesheeted in the case were guilty. .

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