New Delhi: With the Central Bureau of Investigation holding as "fake" the 2004 encounter of Ishrat Jahan in Gujarat, the Congress on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Narendra Modi saying "truth speaks for itself from the rooftop" and claimed that the Chief Minister's role in such encounters will also be exposed. "He (Modi) will also be exposed some time. Truth comes out at one point or the other. Truth speaks for itself from the rooftop. Someday, you will come to know of the real face of the Gujarat Chief Minister," AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistri said.
He was reacting to the CBI chargesheet in an Ahmedabad court that the 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan was killed in a "fake" encounter. The agency named eight police officers in its chargesheet in the case, saying it was a joint operation by the Gujarat Police and the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau. Mistri said all "the people from Gujarat know that this encounter was fake. During a period of three months, when there was talks about removing Modi as Chief Ministers, such encounters took place with frequent intervals propping up a theory that there was an attempt to murder Modi".
The AICC General Secretary, who hails from Gujarat, also said sarcastically that "no one comes to kill Modi since some of the police officers went to jail". Rejecting BJP's charge that it was doing vote-bank politics in encounter cases, the Congress questioned the intent of the BJP in defending IB officer Rajendra Kumar over his role in Ishrat case.
"CBI is a central agency. So is IB. Why they (BJP) are defending the IB officer? What interest they have in protecting the IB officer? Why they are doing it? What is their intent," Mistri asked, adding that the CBI inquiry in this case is not taking place at the behest of Congress but as per orders of the Supreme Court and high court.
Party spokesperson Meem Afzal speaking separately steered clear of questions over the political fall out but maintained that the party wanted law to take its own course and "culprits to be brought to book". "The blood of innocent speaks loudly and reveals the identity of the killer," he said.