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Ishrat Jahan Affidavits Row: Fresh Controversy For Chidambaram, Congress

The Ishrat Jahan controversy has flared up with the 51-page home ministry file on the case recording that former home minister P Chidambaram had signed the original affidavit describing the Mumbra teenager as part of a Lashkar-e-Taiba module.

A month later, a second affidavit was filed in court in which all references to Ishrat's alleged terror links were missing. Earlier, Chidambaram had said that it was his duty to correct the first affidavit which was drafted without his approval.

The latest revelations, which were telecast by Times Now, mean that Chidambaram approved the original affidavit and the one amended within two months in 2009 that stated there was no conclusive proof against Ishrat.

BJP has accused Chidambaram of amending the Ishrat document to suit his party's stand that Ishrat, who was killed along with three others in 2004 near Ahmedabad by Gujarat Police officers, was innocent and shot in cold blood on the orders of the Gujarat government.

BJP's Nirmala Sitharaman accusing the Congress' top leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of playing with national security by conspiring with Chidambaram, said "The media reports have now established that it was Chidambaram who also cleared the first affidavit."

The entire Congress Party should take the blame for changing the affidavit, junior minister for home Kiren Rijiju said.