New Delhi: With Gujarat Home Minister Amit
Shah being summoned by the CBI in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case,
Congress on Thursday wondered whether the state deserved a minister
who is "under investigation in a fake encounter".
"Does Gujarat deserve a Home Minister who is under
investigation in a case of fake encounter which is really an
acronym of cold-blooded murder. That is something on which BJP
needed to do an introspection," said party spokesperson Manish
He said that as far as legal dimension is concerned, it
is a matter between the alleged accused and the court, "but so
far as political dimension is concerned, law and order is a
state subject and Home Minister of a state swears by the
Indian Constitution to protect and uphold the rule of law."
Alleging that "a very evil kind of politics" is taking
place in Gujarat, he said that justice should be done and rule
of law must prevail. "The maxim that howsoever high you may
be, the law is above all should hold true."
Asserting that in some sense, the case is a litmus test
of Indian legal and constitutional system, he said BJP and the
Chief Minister of Gujarat are not tired of repeating that they
are on the same side of five crore Gujaratis.
Rejecting BJP`s charge of a central hand in the matter,
he said that this is a court-monitored investigation and CBI
is reporting to the court and not the government as far as
this matter is concerned.
Asked whether Congress was demanding resignation of the
minister, he said, "We are not in politics on this...Our
asking or not asking does not make any difference and you can
shame only those people who have shame left in them."