Ishrat Jahan missing files case: Delhi Police registers FIR, probe begins


New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs today filed an FIR with the Delhi Police to probe how, why and under what circumstances crucial files related to Ishrat Jahan encounter case went missing. The documents had reportedly gone missing from the North Block office of the ministry of home affairs (MHA).

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The FIR was launched at the Sansad Marg police station by V.K. Upadhyay, under secretary to the Government of India, under Section 409 (Criminal Breach of Trust) of IPC with the Delhi police.

In March 2016, a team of MHA had found that around five different documents, including two affidavits, were missing. It was later learnt that the documents went missing during the tenure of former Union home minister P. Chidambaram. Earlier, it was decided that the probe will be handed over to the CBI, but later the MHA directed the Delhi police to probe the matter.

According to the information, two letters written by the then home secretary G.K. Pillai to the then attorney-general G.E. Vahanvati were not traceable. 

The draft of the second affidavit that came from the AG, to which the then-home minister made changes, is also missing. Later a draft affidavit sent to the attorney-general was recovered from a computer used by Pillai.