Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Adding a fresh twist to the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, a former Home Ministry official has alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is pressuring him to falsely implicate his seniors in the 2004 shootout case.
Reports on Friday said that former MHA Under Secretary RVS Mani, who had drafted the first affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, has made accusations against IPS officer Satish Verma that the latter was trying to coerce him.
Mani has also demanded that all records pertaining to his affidavit be made available to him and the CBI.
As per the CBI sources, the first affidavit in the case was actually drafted by the Intelligence Bureau Special Director Rajinder Kumar.
Mani has demanded that the central probe agency be directed to record his version only in presence of the Chief Vigilance officer and a lawyer be made available to him.
Meanwhile, the probe agency has asked the Home Ministry for the file related to this affidavit.
The Home Ministry, which does not want to share the file as it contains sensitive documents, has now sought the Law Ministry’s advice on the matter.
Though Home Ministry officials want to protect Rajinder Kumar, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has refused to intervene saying " the guilty must be punished".
The CBI in its first chargesheet filed in the case on July 3 said that the 19-year-old college girl along with three other men - Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh, Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar - was killed in a fake encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.
The investigative agency further said that the four were kept in illegal confinement by Gujarat Police and were put on tranquilizer before being killed in cold blood.
The CBI chargesheet claimed the agency has evidence to prove that the four were illegally detained and later killed in cold blood. But the CBI chargesheet did not mention whether Ishrat and others were terrorists or not.
The Gujarat Police had claimed that Ishrat and the three others were Lashkar-e-Toiba members and had come to Gujarat to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Ishrat`s family, however, has been maintaining that Ishrat was a college student who was struggling to run her family after her father`s death.
With Agency inputs