The tampered and tempered (cringing) affidavit

I think I had it right when I said the UPA’s affidavit antics were not amusing anymore. This government seems to have lost its mind completely. Nothing else can explain the grovelling witnessed in its new improved affidavit.

Contentwise and per first reports, there are no surprises at all.

Is this the government that can win our war against Naxalite killers?

– Namaste  

Ishrat Jahan ‘fake’ encounter: Home ministry files revised affidavit

Times Now 30 September 2009, 11:50am IST

In the backdrop of the blame game between the Centre and the Gujarat government over the fake encounter of 19-year-old college girl Ishrat Jahan and three others, the Home Ministry on Wednesday filed a revised affidavit in the Ahmedabad court against the Narendra Modi led-government’s argument.

Following the recent report on the encounter by Metropolitan Magistrate S P Tamang which called the encounter fake and passed observations against the police officers involved in the killings, the Gujarat government had claimed in its defence that its cops acted on inputs provided by the Union Home Ministry.

The state government had said it in its argument that it quoted extensively from the Union Home Ministry which dubbed the four as Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives, and alleged that the Centre had given credibility to the reports that Ishrat Jahan was on a mission to target Gujarat chief minister Modi.

However the Home Ministry has now filed a revised affidavit in the Ahmedabad court that clarifies the allegations made by the Modi government.

The affidavit, according to sources, clarifies that the information given by the Centre was a ‘tip off’ and does not validate the action taken by Gujarat government, which led to the death of Jahan and three others.

The Home Ministry, in its fresh affidavit, has also put forth Centre’s view on human rights, saying that it respects human values and is not only against the fake encounters, but against any encounter.

The Narendra Modi government has vociferously taken objection to the Union home minister P Chidambaram’s comment that the Centre’s affidavit on the Ishrat Jahan police encounter case “did not give a licence to the state government to kill innocent people”. The state government spokesperson Jaynarayan Vyas said yesterday that the comment amounted to contempt of the high court.

The Gujarat High Court, Vyas said, was presently hearing a petition to decide whether Ishrat Jahan and her associate, Javed Shaikh, were, indeed, terrorists on the payroll of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, or were innocent.

BJP state president Purshottam Rupala, has also accused the Congress of making a volte-face in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. “First if filed an affidavit saying that Ishrat and the others killed were terrorists but now it wants to change its stand,” said Rupala.

Palahalli S writes – Who after this, can fault the Gujarat administration and back the UPA? How will the UPA bosses hold up against the many  charges of “human rights” violations; that is bound to rear its head in the course of the anti-Naxal offensive?

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