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Ishrat case: BJP alleges CBI acting as private militia of Congress

Stressing that the Ishrat Jahan shootout was not fake, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on  Wednesday said the Congress-led government at the centre was manipulating the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to frame BJP leaders. BJP  stressed  that the shootout that killed Israt Jahan was conducted on the basis of information received from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), which was forwarded to state police.

‘The IB had conveyed that Ishrat Jahan was an LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) operative.The state police did not act on it’s own, they acted on a report of the IB,’ said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi. ‘She was an LeT operative, and she was armed. Should the police have waited to let another incident happen, like David Headley,’ asked Lekhi.

The BJP leader said that the  first affidavit filed by IB said she was an LeT operative. ‘The question is: On whose instructions was the affidavit changed? The government is once against misusing the CBI to meet its political ends, just as it got the affidavit on the coal scam vetted,’ said the BJP spokesperson.

Taking on Congress, the BJP leader alleged that  encounters in Gujarat are considered as fake encounters, whereas far higher numbers of encounters which have been happening across the country are correct encounters. ‘During the period when these 8 encounters happenned in Gujarat, 880 encounters happened across the country. Amongst them the highest numbers were from Uttar Pradesh with 85. Similar number of encounters took place in Andhra Pradesh and then stands Maharashtra, all of which are Congress ruled states’ said Lekhi. The Gujarat HC on Tuesday directed the CBI to file a chargesheet by 4 July.


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