KOLKATA, April 19 - Accusing the erstwhile UPA regime of compromising national security to achieve its political interest in the Ishrat Jahan case, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad today said former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was resorting to falsehood by claiming he was not aware of the first affidavit.
�Chidambaram has spoken a blatant lie that he was not aware of the first affidavit. Now it is in public domain that he approved the first affidavit and also approved the second affidavit as well,� he told reporters here.
�What was the first affidavit? The first affidavit stated that Ishrat Jahan was part of a terrorist module and action was taken, including some terrorists across the border. The first affidavit said it was a serious terrorist threat and there is no need for a CBI inquiry,� the Union Minister said.
�In the second affidavit, Chidambaram was very keen to pursue that bypassing the consultations with the then Home Secretary. It stated that CBI inquiry can be done. It has two purpose, to demoralise the security forces and somehow frame Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. It was part of a design to frame Amit Shah and Narendra Modi in the Ishrat Jahan case,� he said.
�Ishrat was claimed as a LeT mole by the Lashkar-e-Taiba website. And even (David) Headley in his deposition had confirmed that. Therefore, Congress party needs to explain why national security was sought to be compromised for political reasons,� Prasad said.
BJP raked up the 2004 Ishrat case accusing Congress of having underplayed �a terror plot� against the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi because it was �mortified� of fighting him politically.
The saffron fusillade came after a media report said the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had signed the first affidavit in the encounter case, which he had reportedly denied earlier. � PTI