SIT officer told Parl attack, 26/11 strikes state-sponsored: Mani
RVS Mani, a former Home Ministry official, who had filed two affidavits in the Gujarat high court in the Ishrat Jahan case, had claimed that a member of the SIT on the killings had told him that 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and Parliament attack were “orchestrated by the government in power”.
Mani, who filed the affidavits as Under Secretary in the Home Ministry in 2009, had told the then Union Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna on June 21, 2013, about his deposition before the court-appointed SIT as he was posted in that Ministry at that time.
In his statement to Krishna, Mani had said that during the course of recording of the statement in Gandhi Nagar, the IG of the SIT Satish Chandra Verma had asked him many questions, which he was not privy to or which officially were never in his domain during the tenure in the Home Ministry.
“He (Verma) started narrating as to how 13.12.2001 attack on Parliament of India and 26.11.2008 attacks are orchestrated by the government in power. He (Verma) stated that both these were the objective of strengthening the counter-terrorist legislation. He narrated that December 13, 2001, was followed by POTA and November 26, 2008, was followed by amendment to UAPA. wherein even Rs 10 in anybody’s pocket can be treated as proceeds of terrorism,” Mani wrote in his note to Krishna.
“I told him (Verma) that he is entitled to his view but such view is generally held as ISI’s view in the security establishment,” Mani wrote.
Mani had claimed that Verma “coerced” him to sign some papers “knowing fully well that this would tantamount falsely indicting my seniors at the extant time”.
“I declined to sign any statement. They have recorded some contents under the premise the Section 161 of CrPC, which does not require signature of the witness. In view of the above, it is my request that, in future, I shall be willing to record the statements to CBI only in the presence of CVO or his authorised representatives of the Ministry as well as after contents have been duly vetted by the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Mani said.
However, Verma denied the allegations against him.
He said most of the officers who are talking in the matter have retired which includes Mani and GK Pillai, former Home Secretary. And as far as allegations levelled by former Special Director of IB Rajinder Kumar are concerned, he is an accused. “So the officers who are talking can afford to state certain things which are not backed by facts,” he said.