Ishrat Jahan case: Sonia defends Chidambaram

PTI10_17_2015_000067A (File) Sonia Gandhi says the Congress has been targeted since it has been in the government

Amid the furore over former undersecretary R.V.S. Mani’s revelations in the Ishrat Jahan case, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday told her party MPs that former home minister P. Chidambaram has already explained his position, adding that the grand old party has been targeted since it has been in the government.

“Chidambaram ji has already explained. We have been targeted since we were in government,” Gandhi said at a Congress’ strategy meeting here.

In a revelation that has the potential to spark a fresh political row and disrupt the functioning of the Parliament, Mani on Tuesday claimed that he did not draft the second affidavit and had been ordered to sign the file in the Ishrat Jahan case.

His claims came days after former home secretary G.K. Pillai alleged that Chidambaram bypassed him and rewrote the second affidavit submitted to a court in this connection. Last week, Pillai had said the affidavit in Ishrat case was changed at the political level.

Chidambaram Monday said the revised affidavit was absolutely correct, adding he accepts full responsibility for the affidavit as a minister.

Citing intelligence reports, Chidambaram had as the home minister submitted an affidavit in the Gujarat High Court in August 2009, which referred to Ishrat’s alleged links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

However, a revised affidavit was filed within a month in which all references to Ishrat’s alleged terror links were missing.

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