In a major embarrassment for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), former home secretary G.K. Pillai said that the Congress party intervened in the investigation of the Ishrat Jahan case.
In an interview with a TV channel, he said the UPA govt got a reference to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group deleted from an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court naming Ishrat Jahan as a terrorist.
“We had nothing to do with it, it was done at a political level,” Pillai said when asked who was behind the move.
The affidavits were filed by the CBI in 2009. The focus of the affidavits was the fake encounter case and not the investigation about whether Ishrat Jahan was an LeT member.
“We enticed the LeT operatives to come to India and target PM Narendra Modi (then Gujarat CM) and we laid a trap and killed them,” he said.
According to Pillai, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) conducted a successful operation because the intelligence agency had managed to lure the LeT to send its terrorists to India.
On Ishrat, he said:
“Ishrat was a cover. This was an intel operation involving the LeT. If it was an intel operation, then you should not talk about fake encounter. We should make that distinction. We can’t mix up the two. Ishrat knew that something was wrong. An unmarried Muslim girl went with a married person, spent nights with him as husband and wife. She was a cover for them.”
Ishrat Jahan was killed on June 15, 2004 along with Javed Sheik alias Pranesh Pillai besides two Pakistani nationals viz. Amjad Ali and Jishan Johar Abdul Ghani, all of whom were alleged LeT terrorists.