Buoyed by news reports that the officer investigating missing files in the Mumbai girl Ishrat Jahan’s encounter case was “tutoring” a witness, the main Opposition Congress on Thursday pleaded the suo moto intervention of the Supreme Court to monitor the case. The party said the Modi government was bent on derailing the ongoing trial in the case relating to Ishrat Jahan, who was killed along with her three friends in a fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home ministry’ additional secretary BK Prasad submitted his inquiry report on the missing files on Wednesday, which stated that documents related to Ishrat Jahan and three others had gone missing when P Chidambaram was the home minister. Chidambaram said he felt vindicated. He said the news report “comprehensively exposed the fake controversy” created by the BJP-led government. “The five ‘missing’ documents completely vindicate the position I had taken. The sequence of events conclusively establishes that we had acted in a totally transparent manner,” he said. “The moral of the story is that even a doctored report (of the inquiry officer) cannot hide the truth,” he added.Party spokesman Anand Sharma said a cosmetic inquiry was instituted by the home ministry on some missing documents from the ministry’s files by raking up the issue of two affidavits filed during the previous UPA government that have nothing to do with the trial. The whole exercise was to claim then home minister P Chidambaram had tried to protect the terrorists. “This is far more serious than match fixing,” he said. He said the latest expose shows that the probe was sheer farce and that the drama was enacted only to shield the culprits and derail the judicial probe.Sharma said the issue can’t be left to the government as the Prime Minister and the home minister have lost all credibility from the revelations and hence the request to the Supreme Court to take cognisance of developments in the Ishrat Jahan case to nail the “dirty trick department” of Prime Minister Modi fudging documents and making documents and files disappear and then holding inquiry to defame the previous government’s leaders and protect the accused.Sharma said he would not ask for an apology from the Prime Minister for faking the so-called inquiry.The Congress leader pointed out how the Gujarat Police officers who came out of jail after remaining interned for months for the fake encounters were greeted as heroes and given the high posts.The BJP alleges that the missing files expose a cover-up at a time the Congress-led government amended its own court documents and came out with a new one removing all references to Ishrat’s alleged connection with the Lashkar-e-Taiba, to suit the party’s stand that an innocent student had been shot dead on the orders of the Gujarat government.Chidambaram also said that Judge Tamang in his report on September 7, 2009 had found that Ishrat Jahan and three others had been killed in a fake encounter. The former union minister said he takes full responsibility for filing the ‘further affidavit’ which was absolutely the correct thing to do.”The moral of the story is that even a doctored report (of the inquiry officer) cannot hide the truth. The real issue is whether Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in a genuine encounter or a fake encounter. Only the trial of the case, pending since July 2013, will bring out the truth,” he added.

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Congress demands Supreme Court intervention in Ishrat Jahan case