Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: While the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is set to file a status report in the Gujarat High Court in connection with the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said that those guilty should be brought to justice.
The Home Minister also rejected allegations that the CBI has distorted facts and downplayed the terror angle in its preliminary chargesheet that was submitted before the Ahemdabad court yesterday.
“Facts are facts. Those guilty should be punished, “ the Home Minister said.
Shinde also categorically rejected BJP’s charge that the CBI was working under the Centre’s pressure and the Congress government is targeting the rising saffron leaders.
The reaction from Shinde came a day after the CBI claimed that the Ishrat Jahan encounter was a ‘staged’ and carried out "in cold blood."
The agency said the killing was a joint operation between the Gujarat Police and the state`s Intelligence Bureau.
The CBI also did not comment on whether Ishrat and the others were terrorists, or whether Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his then Home Minister Amit Shah had been informed in advance about the encounter.