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Ishrat Jahan case: Chidambaram knew about RVS Mani's torture during probe, says lawyer

Former undersecretary for internal security at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) RVS Mani's lawyer Kanwar BB Singh on Wednesday grilled the then home minister P Chidambaram's silence in the Ishrat Jahan case, adding that the report of alleged abuse was learnt during the UPA's regime.

Singh said, "Mani had written to the senior officers about the torture by Satish Verma (CBI Officer) during investigation. It is not that these things have been revealed by Mani now. These were informed during the UPA Government's rule. Why the then home minister kept mum on the affidavit issue. When we filed two affidavit he received two letters threatening his life."

Singh further stated that Mani made the first draft of the affidavit in August 2009 which passed on to the Law Ministry and was approved.

He said, "After 40 days of filing the first affidavit, Mani was asked to sign another affidavit and submit it before the court. Mani stands by his work that the inputs were fine. The Investigation Bureau had done a credible job he still stands by this."

In an expose that will ignite a fresh political row and disrupt the Parliament functioning, Mani on Tuesday claimed that he did not prepare the second affidavit and had been directed to sign the file in the Ishrat Jahan case.

His allegations come days after former home secretary GK Pillai claimed that former home minister P Chidambaram evaded him and redrafted the second affidavit filed in a court in this matter.

Early on the morning of 15 June 2004, Ishrat Jahan (19), Javed Sheikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were killed on the road to the Kotarpur waterworks on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. According to Police, she was part of a conspiracy to assassinate the then chief minister Narendra Modi.