In a move that is expected to create another political storm in the coming days, the union home ministry registered an FIR in the Ishrat Jahan missing papers inquiry case. The MHA has registered an FIR in the Parliament Street police station after its complaint to the Delhi police in which it has said that the 'documents and valuable securities (affidavit) have been stolen'.
The case has been registered against unknown persons after the Delhi police took cognisance of the complaint from the home ministry .
The inquiry panel which submitted its report in June this year had concluded that the papers were removed 'knowingly, unknowingly or misplaced' in September 2009 , in the period when Congress leader P Chidambaram was the home minister. Ishrat, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in, what was then described as allegedly staged, encounter with Gujarat Police in the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. The Gujarat Police had claimed that those killed were LeT terrorists who planned to assassinate the then chief minister Narendra Modi.
The affidavit in the court submitted by the home ministry under the UPA government had first said that Ishrat had links with the terror group LeT, but later, in a revised affidavit, removed the reference to the terror outfit saying it was merely based on intelligence inputs and hence cannot be treated as conclusive proof.
Home minister Rajnath Singh had said that the inquiry panel into the missing papers was not set up to implicate anyone but to recover the missing documents .