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Letter of RVS Mani saying CBI official Satish Verma claimed India orchestrated Parliament, Mumbai attacks blamed on Pakistan

 

Letter of RVS Mani saying CBI official Satish Verma claimed India orchestrated Parliament, Mumbai attacks blamed on Pakistan

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 15th July 2013



A former officer of the Indian home ministry made a startling revelation by alleging that Indian government had fabricated the two high-profile terrorist attacks which New Delhi has blamed on Pakistan-based militant groups.

According to India’s Times of India (TOI) newspaper, RVS Mani, who as home ministry under-secretary signed the affidavits submitted in court in the Ishrat Jahan ‘fake encounter case’, has said that Satish Verma, until recently a part of the Central Bureau of Investigation-SIT probe team, told him that both the 2001 attack on Indian parliament and the 2008 Mumbai attacks were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation (sic)”.

Mani has said that Verma “… narrated that the 13/12/2001 (attack on parliament) was followed by Pota (Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act) and 26/11/2008 (terrorists’ siege of Mumbai) was followed by amendment to the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).”

The official has alleged Verma leveled the damaging charge while debunking Intelligence Bureau (IB)’s inputs labeling the three killed with Ishrat in the June 2004 encounter as Lashkar terrorists.

Contacted by TOI, Verma refused to comment. “I cannot speak to the media on such matters. Ask the CBI,” said the Gujarat cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.

According to Mani, the charge was leveled by Verma on June 22 while questioning him about the two home ministry affidavits in the alleged encounter case. In his letter to the joint secretary in the urban development ministry, he accused Verma of ‘coercing’ him into signing a statement ‘at odds with the facts as he knew them’. He said Verma wanted him to sign a statement saying that the home ministry’s first affidavit in the Ishrat case was drafted by two IB officers.

Gujarat Police had justified the encounter citing an IB report which claimed that the three killed in the Ishrat case were Pakistani nationals and part of a Lashkar module which had reached Gujarat to target the state’s chief minister Narendra Modi.

In its first affidavit, filed in August 2009, the home ministry too cited the IB report and objected to a CBI probe into the ‘encounter’. However, in its second affidavit, filed in September 2009, the ministry said the IB input did not constitute conclusive proof and supported the demand for a CBI probe.

According to Mani, Verma disputed IB’s input saying the home ministry’s first affidavit was actually drafted by IB officer Rajinder Kumar, who looked after IB’s operations in Gujarat at the time of the ‘Ishrat encounter’ and now runs the serious risk of being charge-sheeted by CBI.

 
 

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Indian Govt behind Parliament attack, 26/11: Ishrat Jehan “fake encounter case” probe officer

Govt behind Parliament attack, 26/11: Ishrat probe officer


NEW DELHI: Jul 14, 2013, 12.30 AM IST

 

 

 

In what is certain to escalate the already vicious fight between the CBI and the IB over the Ishrat Jahan “fake encounter case”, a former home ministry officer has alleged that a member of theCBI-SIT team had accused incumbent governments of “orchestrating” the terror attack on Parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. R V S Mani, who as home ministry under-secretary signed the affidavits submitted in court in the alleged encounter case, has said that Satish Verma, until recently a part of the CBI-SIT probe team, told him that both the terror attacks were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation (sic)”.

Mani has said that Verma “…narrated that the 13.12. 2001 (attack on Parliament) was followed by Pota (Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act) and 26/11 2008 (terrorists’ siege of Mumbai) was followed by amendment to the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).” The official has alleged Verma levelled the damaging charge while debunking IB’s inputs labelling the three killed with Ishrat in the June 2004 encounter as Lashkar terrorists.

Contacted by TOI, Verma refused to comment. “I don’t know what the complaint is, made when and to whom. Nor am I interested in knowing. I cannot speak to the media on such matters. Ask the CBI,” said the Gujarat cadre IPS officer who after being relieved from the SIT is working as principal of the Junagadh Police Training College. Mani, currently posted as deputy land anddevelopment officer in the urban development ministry, has written to his seniors that he retorted to Verma’s comments telling the IPS officer that he was articulating the views of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.

According to him, the charge was levelled by Verma in Gandhinagar on June 22 while questioning Mani about the two home ministry affidavits in the alleged encounter case. In his letter to the joint secretary in the urban development ministry, Mani has accused Verma of “coercing” him into signing a statement that is at odds with facts as he knew them. He said Verma wanted him to sign a statement saying that the home ministry’s first affidavit in the Ishrat case was drafted by two IB officers. “Knowing fully well that this would tantamount to falsely indicting of (sic) my seniors at the extant time, I declined to sign any statement.”

Giving the context in which Verma allegedly levelled the serious charge against the government, Mani said the IPS officer, while questioning him, had raised doubts about the genuineness of IB’s counter-terror intelligence. He disputed the veracity of the input on the antecedents of the three killed in June 2004 on the outskirts of Ahmedabad with Ishrat in the alleged encounter which has since become a polarizing issue while fuelling Congress’s fight with Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.

Gujarat Police has justified the encounter citing the IB report that Pakistani nationals Zeeshan Zohar, Amzad Ali Rana and Javed Sheikh were part of a Lashkar module which had reached Gujarat to target Modi and carry out terrorist attacks. In its first affidavit, filed in August 2009, the home ministry had cited IB inputs that those killed with Ishrat in the alleged encounter were part of a Lashkar sleeper cell, and had objected to a CBI probe into the “encounter”.

In its second affidavit, filed in September 2009, the home ministry, irked by the Gujarat government treating the first affidavit as justification of the encounter, said the IB input did not constitute conclusive proof of the terrorist antecedents of those killed. It supported the demand for a CBI probe.

Mani said Verma doubted the input saying MHA’s first affidavit was actually drafted by IB officer Rajinder Kumar, who looked after IB’s operations in Gujarat at the time of Ishrat “encounter” and now runs the serious risk of being chargesheeted by the CBI for hatching the conspiracy behind the alleged extra-judicial killings. Mani said Verma stuck to his guns even after being told that the home ministry did not need outside help. The former home ministry official said Verma insisted that the “input” was prepared after the encounter.
 

 

 

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