Former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the then Union home secretary G K Pillai had seen the papers pertaining to Ishrat Jahan case at least thrice and wondered why only those papers which can call the ex-bureaucrat's bluff have gone missing now.
"Pillai said he didn't know anything about the second affidavit. He was on record in Guwahati in July 2013 saying that the second affidavit was perfectly justified." Chidambaran said.
Speaking at the launch of his book 'Standing Guard: A Year in Opposition', the Congress leader asserted he did only minor editorial changes to improve the quality of the language.
He(Pillai)has changed his view. In a free country, a person is entitled to change his view: P Chidambaram (March 14) pic.twitter.com/eYV1fChUWt— ANI (@ANI_news) March 15, 2016
The second affidavit was vetted by the attorney general of India. No part of the second affidavit was wrong: P Chidambaram #IshratJahan— ANI (@ANI_news) March 15, 2016
It (second affidavit) was drafted, vetted by the attorney general, came to me: P Chidambaram (March 14) pic.twitter.com/YzfOMo0b8y— ANI (@ANI_news) March 15, 2016
I, with a compulsive habit of all lawyers, made small editorial changes: P Chidambaram (March 14)— ANI (@ANI_news) March 15, 2016
This is a habit of all lawyers. Any lawyer would put a comma here and there or strike out a word: P Chidambaram (March 14)— ANI (@ANI_news) March 15, 2016
Then the file went back to the home secretary. The files passed the home secretary's table at least three times: P Chidambaram (March 14)— ANI (@ANI_news) March 15, 2016
And now they say those papers are missing. To whose advantage has the vetted draft gone missing? I want the vetted draft: P Chidambaram— ANI (@ANI_news) March 15, 2016
To whose interest is to say that the draft is missing? There is nothing to hide. I think the mystery has been unravelled now: P Chidambaram— ANI (@ANI_news) March 15, 2016
Chidambaram has been under fire for over a fortnight after Pillai alleged that the second affidavit in the controversial Ishrat Jahan encounter case was filed under the instructions of Chidambaram himself and that he had nothing to do with it.
(With Inputs From PTI)
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