Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaynarayan Vyas on Tuesday said the Congress is using Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to blackmail people by relating them to Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
“We have been saying from the very beginning that there is no truth in this case. Now it is proved that we are right. They tried everything to keep this case alive but there is nothing in the case. Now, Amit Shah’s name is not there in the chargesheet and we are not surprised by this,” said Jaynarayan Vyas.
I don’t know how I should comment on the Congress and its mentality. They are doing this through their puppet the CBI. They blackmailed people related to case, but still they didn’t get anything,” he said.
“Instead the Congress should concentrate on the Adarsh scam and the report of the probe committee,” he added.
Vyas was reacting to media reports that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) firming up its decision not to charge former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah in connection with the Ishrat Jahan 'fake' encounter case.
According to television channels, the CBI does have not sufficient proof to indict Shah, a key aide of Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Shah is currently the BJP’s general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh.
The CBI had earlier filed a chargesheet on July 3 terming the encounter as a joint operation between Gujarat Police and Intelligence Bureau (IB).
In August, 2013, Gujarat Additional Director General of Police P P Pandey was arrested by the CBI in the case. Prior to that IPS officer GL Singhal and five other policemen were arrested.
Singhal and others managed to get bail after the CBI failed to file a chargesheet in stipulated 90 days.
The chargesheet filed by CBI in the Ishrat case mentioned that Singhal had submitted pen drives of recorded conversations with then minister of state for home Amit Shah and one about a meeting held in the office of state Attorney General in which some ministers were present to allegedly derail encounter investigations.
CBI had later questioned Shah, another former minister Praful Patel, present minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja and Advocate General Kamal Trivedi regarding the recorded conversations submitted by Singhal, before they are to file second charge sheets in the case.
The Congress, however, said that there is a larger conspiracy involved in the encounter case, and insisted that this must be probed.
Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter allegedly with Gujarat Police on the city outskirts on June 15, 2004.
Police had then claimed the four were terrorists on a mission to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. However, according to the CBI's charge sheet filed in July, the encounter, a joint operation by Gujarat Police and Intelligence Bureau, was stage-managed.
Seven Gujarat policemen, including Pandey, have been named as accused and charged with murder and criminal conspiracy, among others.