Ishrat files went missing during UPA regime, says panel

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A panel constituted by the NDA government to probe into the missing papers in the controversial lshrat Jahan case has submitted its report to the Union Home Ministry. The report of the one man panel led by Home Ministry additional secretary B.K. Prasad indicted that the crucial papers went missing in 2009 during the tenure of previous UPA government in which P. Chidambaram was the Home Minister.

However , no evidence has been found to show that the papers went missing "knowingly or unknowingly" or "misplaced", says the 52 page report.

Details of the report accessed by THE WEEK say the papers had gone missing between September 18-28, 2009, as the papers were not there when the file was created by then joint secretary Dipti Vilas.

The second affidavit removing the reference of Ishrat Jehan as an LeT terrorist was filed in Gujarat high court on September 28, 2009.

The report, however, does not name Chidambaram.

A total of 11 officers were examined, including two joint secretaries, says the report adding that the premises of deputy secretary and others were searched.

Out of the five missing documents, the copy of the draft affidavit prepared and submitted by former Home Secretary G.K. Pillai to the AG on September 18, 2009 has been retrieved.

As reported by THE WEEK, Pillai had told Prasad panel that the document can be retrieved from the office of the Home Secretary, from the stenographer notes as dictated by him. All other documents however remained untraceable.

The files which are still untraceable are:

  1. Office copy of the letter sent by the then HS to the AG on September 23, 2009

  2. Draft further affidavit as vetted by the AG

  3. Draft further affidavit amended by the then HM on September 24, 2009

  4. Office copy of the further affidavit filed in the Gujarat High Court on September 29, 2009

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