CBI on Wednesday (July 3) held that 19-year-old college student Ishrat Jahan was killed in a "fake" encounter in cold blood here in 2004 in a joint operation by Gujarat police and the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau, a development that comes as a major embarrassment to the Narendra Modigovernment. The chargesheet filed by CBI in a local cour, which also raises questions over the role of Intelligence Bureau, does not say whether the girl from Mumbai and three others killed with her were terrorists saying there was no mandate from the High Court to investigate their status. Nor does it name any political leaders in the conspiracy. It, however, made clear CBI found no evidence that theyhad come to Gujarat to kill Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Jaynarayan Vyas, Seniro Leader, BJP; Mahesh Jethmalani, Senior Advocate and Leader, BJP; Amee Yajnik, Spokesperson, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committe; Mukul Sinha, Senior Advocate and Priyanka Chaturvedi, Spokesperson, Congress -- discuss whether, following the CBI chargesheet in the Ishrat encounter case, who is on the backfoot, Congress or the BJP?