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Ishrat case: Digvijay neither judicial body nor PM to warrant explanation, says BJP

Last Updated: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 21:39

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: While taking a dig at senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s statement on Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case in reference to what LeT operative David Headley said or did not say, BJP’s spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, “Digvijay Singh is neither a judicial body nor a PM who can be given explanation about David Headley by the Home Ministry.”

Seeking to give a political twist to the raging controversy over Ishrat Jahan`s alleged terror links, Digvijay Singh had asked the Home Ministry to clarify whether she had any links with Pakistan- based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Even as the Congress seems to be rushing to declare Ishrat innocent, the political slugfest on this case on Friday saw the BJP supporting Congress leader Digvijay Singh`s demand that the Home Ministry should come clean on the issue of her alleged terror links as agencies like IB, CBI and NIA have differences over it.

"Digvijay Singh has raised some very important questions and said CBI, IB and NIA are speaking in different voices on the Ishrat Jahan encounter in reference to what LeT operative David Headley said or did not say. He has asked the Home Ministry to clarify. BJP underlines that this clarification is very much needed," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

As per reports, Mumbai attack terrorist David Coleman Headley had said that the 19-year-old Mumbra girl, who was gunned down in an alleged fake encounter in Gujarat, was a suicide bomber and had terror links.

Headley had reportedly told the National Investigation Agency that a terror plan, plotted by LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, had failed after the death of Ishrat Jahan and three other men who accompanied her.

Earlier in the day, reacting to the development, Digvijay Singh had demanded that the Home Ministry must clarify whether Headley had told NIA that Ishrat Jahan had terror links.

However, NIA sources have maintained that Headley`s comments are not legally admissible in any case other than 26/11 and his account is based on second hand information so should be treated as `hearsay`. Later, Home Minister Shinde said he would verify reports which suggested that Headley had told NIA that Ishrat had links with LeT.

Shinde said the Congress general secretary met him and requested him to look into the matter of Headley`s statement to NIA on Ishrat.

"Digvijay Singh has met. Let me look into the matter raised by him. Let me speak to agencies concerned," Shinde had said to the reporters.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 21:38
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