Ishrat Jahan case: D. Raja asks Congress, BJP to maintain sobriety

New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): Amid the ongoing war of words between the ruling Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Saturday said there should be some amount of sobriety on the part of these political parties, and added that this kind of public discourse is not good for pursuing the case impartially and objectively.

"There was an encounter and people were killed in that encounter (that) was a fake encounter because unless there was counter, there cannot be an encounter. And in this case, where was the counter and where was the question of encounter. But they claimed it was an encounter. That is why, the Supreme Court, based on credible evidence it collected has come out with an affidavit saying that the encounter was fake," said Raja.

"But when they said this, they also pointed out (that) it happened in active connivance of police officials there in Gujarat and the political leadership of Gujarat. And infact, some of the police officials are IB officials have confessed they took orders from political masters. This is before courts. Let us wait for the courts to take a view and how the courts are going to pursue the matter. We will have to wait for that. And this kind of political assertion or public discourse is not good for pursuing the case impartially and objectively," he added, while asserting that the truth should come out in this case.

The CBI, which filed a chargesheet in the case, contended that the encounter was a joint operation between Gujarat Police and Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau, SIB.

The investigating agency further said that commitment of offences have been established against ADGP PP Pandey, suspended police officers DG Vanzara, GL Singhal, Tarun Barot, NK Amin, Anaju Chaudhary and JG Parmar.

The CBI also said that investigation is on against Special Director of the Intelligence Bureau Rajinder Kumar and four officers of the agency. According to the chargesheet, Ishrat Jahan was not a terrorist, but the three others killed along with her had alleged terror links.

Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year-old college girl from Mumbai, was killed in an encounter along with three others on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in 2004. (ANI)

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