Pannel fails, Missing Ishrat Jahan encounter files not traced yet.


New Delhi : The missing files and documents related to the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan have not been traced, the pannel related to this case have failed to revealing. The one-member BK Prasad panel, formed to investigate missing Ishrat Jahan files from the home ministry, has not been able to trace any of them so far, even as it has been asked to submit its report by May 31. Prasad, who is due to retire on May 31, is understood to have been given a two-month extension but has been asked to give his report by the month-end so that the Home Ministry could decide on future course of action including registering an FIR. Meanwhile sources said, Prasad had met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi earlier today during which he expressed his inability to trace the files related to alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan. 

The committee is learnt to have looked for the officers who dealt with the files but some of them have since retired or could not be reached. The panel was constituted after home minister Rajnath Singh disclosed in Parliament on March 10 that the files were missing. Following an uproar in Parliament, the ministry had asked Prasad to inquire into the circumstances in which the files related to the case of Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004, went missing.

The papers which disappeared from the home ministry include the copy of an affidavit vetted by the then Attorney General and submitted in the Gujarat high court in 2009 and the draft of the second affidavit vetted by the AG, on which changes were allegedly made. Two letters written by the then home secretary GK Pillai to the then Attorney General late GE Vahanvati, and the copy of the draft affidavit have so far been untraceable.

Incidentally, Prasad, a Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer, was recently embroiled in a controversy after an under secretary serving in the home ministry's Foreigners Division accused him of pressuring him of giving clean chit to Ford Foundation, which allegedly violated provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. Prasad has denied the allegations.