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Ishrat should be given benefit of doubt, Pillai had said in 2013

Former Home Secretary GK Pillai, who has hit the headlines recently with his statements on the Ishrat Jahan killing, had said in 2013 that she has to be given the benefit of doubt on the issue whether she was an LeT operative.

“I don’t think there is any conclusive evidence against Ishrat Jahan. Unless any proper investigation is carried out, we will have to give her the benefit of doubt,” the retired bureaucrat had said in 2013.

Pillai had recently stoked a controversy saying that the the second affidavit of the Centre in the Gujarat high court filed in 2009 contradicting the earlier affidavit’s claim that Jahan was an LeT operative was drafted by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram without consulting officials.

After Pillai’s statement, Chidambaram owned up the responsibility for the second affidavit but expressed disappointment over Pillai’s distancing himself from it. Pillai had said last week that, “I would say that she knew something was wrong and an unmarried Muslim girl would not go with a married person to different places, etc. spend the night outside....perhaps she knew that something was happening. She could have been a cover.” 
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