Ishrat Jahan case: Opposition stands exposed for trying to fix PM Modi, says Naqvi

New Delhi: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday reiterated the government’s position that the Opposition was trying to fix Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in the Ishrat Jahan case.

Naqvi said the Opposition was making desperate attempts to malign the reputation of Prime Minister Modi in connection with this case.

The BJP leader dubbed as ‘shameful’ the Opposition’s strategy and said that they have been exposed before the nation.

“In the Ishrat Jahan case, the manner in which few minds weaved a criminal conspiracy against the then chief minister of Gujarat – our Prime Minister Narendra Modi – and our party chief Amit Shah to defame them politically was shameful,” Naqvi told ANI here.

“All those who made such ulterior attempts have been exposed. We wish to discuss this issue in both the houses of Parliament because it’s an important issue as well as a lesson for those who politicize issues related with country’s safety to tell them that they will be exposed if they try such stunts,” he added.

Asserting that there are no enemies in politics, the BJP leader further said it is extremely unfortunate that some elements do not understand the same and repeatedly come up with unwarranted allegations.

Continuing its tirade against Prime Minister Modi over the Ishrat Jahan case, the Congress Party earlier in the day raised serious concern over the episode found to be a fake encounter.

“Ishrat Jahan’s encounter case pertains to 2004. The metropolitan magistrate had ordered a probe to ascertain if it was a fake or a genuine encounter. Then a High Court monitored SIT and CBI probe was ordered and it was found that it was a fake encounter. We are only concerned with that,” said Congress leader P.L Punia.

Former home secretary G.K. Pillai had earlier alleged that former home minister P. Chidambaram ‘bypassed him’ and rewrote an affidavit submitted to a court on Ishrat Jahan, the 19-year-old student killed in an encounter in 2004.

Referring to the change in the Home Ministry’s affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan case that did not refer to her as Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday while intervening in the motion of thanks for the President’s address to Parliament told the Rajya Sabha, “In the process you unbarred the entire security apparatus of India because you wanted to fix a political leader. Some day an investigation will take place on how internal security was played with.”(ANI)