New Delhi, 16 July: The Central Bureau of Investigation appears to be trying to rope in the former Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah, in the Ishrat Jahan case. It has mentioned two audio pen drives, in which Mr Shah had reportedly instructed a senior police officer to misuse police for ‘miscarriage of justice’, in its chargesheet filed recently in the Ishrat case.
Though the chargesheet does not mention the role of Shah in the encounter, the inclusion of these two audio tapes in the chargesheet indicates that the agency is trying to implicate him in the next supplementary chargesheet it is likely to file in the next two weeks.
The two audio recordings allegedly done by a senior police officer, G L Singhal, also accused in the Ishrat Jahan case, took place between the former state home minister and him in August and September 2009.
During his interrogation by the CBI, Singhal gave two pen drives reportedly containing 267 audio files, mostly related to his conversations with Shah in August-September 2009. He told CBI sleuths that these files contain telephonic conversations related to misuse of the police for extra legal purposes. The agency has not yet verified the telephonic conversations and might use its inferences in the supplementary chargesheet.
According to sources, the timing of the conversation was also significant as it was around this time that the Centre had filed an affidavit before Gujarat High Court in the Ishrat case, stating that Ishrat and three others were terrorists. The ministry of home affairs (MHA) had filed the affidavit on 6 August 2009 but withdrew it on 29 September for a second affidavit. sns