27 October, 2020

His Master's Voiceovers

G.K. Pillai’s revelations are the latest trip-’em-up tactic in the games NDA and UPA have played over Ishrat’s body

Sudden Arrival
G.K. Pillai’s sudden disclosure has raised many eyebrows
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His Master's Voiceovers

Sifting facts from politics in the Ishrat Jahan case is not easy. The growing buzz in Delhi is that, after Chidambaram’s, a bunch of other Congress names will tumble out of the closet as the Modi regime seeks to go full steam to embarrass the previous regime.

It’s a game both sides have played. Rumour has it that on September 15, 2013, two days after Narendra Modi had been declared the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate, a meeting was hastily convened at the residence of then DoPT minister V. Narayanasamy on Tughlak Crescent. Also present were Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Kapil Sibal. The subject: Modi and the Ishrat Jahan encounter. This meeting was followed by another one on October 2 at the same venue, also attended by then CBI chief Ranjit Sinha. Could Modi be implicated in the CBI chargesheet was the question. But Sinha didn’t play ball. Says a senior IB official, now retired, “There was a concerted effort by the government of the day to implicate the Gujarat CM and the draft CBI chargesheet even had the names of Modi and Amit...



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