New Delhi/Bangalore: The controversy over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioning Intelligence Bureau special officer Rajendra Kumar in Ishrat Jahan shootout case figured in the consultative meeting of the Home Ministry on Tuesday, with the BJP members stating that she and her associates killed in the incident were members of terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba.

Ishrat case: CBI to file chargesheet today

The issue was raised by BJP MPs Vinay Katiyar and Yogi Aditya Nath. The BJP leaders alleged that Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist as her name had figured in the website of LeT. They said CBI's move to prosecute Rajendra Kumar could breed ill-feeling among IB officials.

The BJP leaders said politicizing the issue is wrong and made veiled reference to party leader Amit Shah being linked to the case. Katiyar said, "Attempts to implicate IB official in the case were totally wrong."

He said Ishrat and her associates were members of LeT. "She went to Faizabad and police is still carrying out investigations about the family with whom she stayed," he said.

Mumbai college girl Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Gopinath Pillai, Amjad Ali and Jishan Johar were killed by Gujarat Police in a shootout in Ahmedabad in 2004. The CBI will file preliminary chargesheet in shootout case before the Gujarat High Court and may seek more time to probe the conspiracy angle.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told the consultative committee meeting that the government has taken a series of steps to combat terrorism.

Fake encounters carried out to raise Modi's profile: Digvijay

The Gujarat government had carried out fake encounters only to raise Narendra Modi's profile so that he becomes a "hero" in the eyes of people who believe acts of terror are done by Muslims, Congress leader Digvijay Singh said.

"It is not just one, but six fake encounters that have been carried out by Gujarat government,” he said.

“The whole idea of Gujarat Police, with (the then) Joint Director of IB working together, was only to raise the profile of Narendra Modi so that he becomes a "hero" in the minds of all those who believe that acts of terror are being done only by Muslims, Singh alleged.

(JPN/Agencies)

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