Washington, Sep.11 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who is currently on a four-day visit to the United States, said on Thursday that too much was being attributed to the Centre’s affidavit on the 2004 Ishrat Jehan encounter case.
“To the best of my knowledge the affidavit says that intelligence inputs were shared with the Gujarat government. That affidavit must be read in context. You cannot read into it what it does not say. I think it is self evident that Intelligence inputs are not evidence, much less conclusive proof. They are just inputs. They are shared with governments on a regular basis. That is not evidence or conclusive proof. It gives leads to investigators for further enquiry. If a state government acts as though intelligence inputs are evidence or conclusive proof I am sorry for that government,” Chidambaram told a press conference.
“Certainly no one suggested that based on an intelligence input you should kill someone. I think too much is being attributed to that affidavit as if it is meant to defend the government of Gujarat against the excesses that may have been committed by its police. I am sorry for the government of Gujarat and the manner in which it runs its police administration,” he added. (ANI)