Sources in the CBI say Gujarat Law minister Pradeep Singh Jadeja, Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and former home minister Praful Patel have all admitted during questioning that they attended a meeting in 2011 at the official residence of Advocate General Kamal Trivedi.
The CBI has sought legal opinion on whether and how the ministers can be charged. Sources say the ministers' admission indicates that that they concede collusion between the Narendra Modi government and the policemen accused of killing Ishrat Jehan.
According to alleged audio tapes of that meeting, put out by one of the accused cops, voices purportedly belonging to the ministers and state government officials discussed how to discredit the Special Investigation Team's probe and help the accused. Two officials in the meeting, AK Sharma and GC Murmu, have also been questioned by the CBI.
One of the accused policemen, senior IPS officer DG Vanzara, recently submitted his resignation accusing the Modi government of using cops to promote their agenda and then abandoning them. Vanzara said policemen like him had acted in compliance with a conscious policy of the Modi government.
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