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BJP sees govt role in leaks of SIT report on post-Godhra riots

Last Updated: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 21:32

New Delhi: BJP Friday said it "apprehended
and suspected" that the government "engineered" selective
leaks of SIT report on post-Godhra riots to the media to
divert attention from issues like price rise and corruption
and demanded a probe into the matter.

"Whenever SIT submits a report to the Supreme Court in a
sealed envelope, it has a certain sanctity. The Supreme Court
always maintains the integrity of such reports... This is the
proud tradition of the Supreme Court," BJP spokesperson Ravi
Shankar Prasad said, hinting that the leaks to the media could
have come from the government.

He mentioned the recent case where a list of Indians
holding bank accounts in tax havens abroad was given to the
Supreme Court but the names were not leaked or revealed to the

"We apprehend and suspect that elements in the
Government of India may also have a role to play in it
(leaks)," Prasad said.

He added that the government was facing opposition
onslaught on issues like price rise and corruption and may
have "engineered" the leaks to divert attention from them.

"The SIT report was filed in the Supreme Court. Only the
SIT and the two amicus curiae saw it. The Supreme Court is yet
to consider the report and form an opinion on it. How was it
leaked to the media?" Prasad sought to know.

He said the BJP trusts the "impeccable integrity of the
Supreme Court in maintaining secrecy".
The principal opposition also insisted that while the
Gujarat government had the best record in convictions in a
riot, the Congress has the worst record as shown in the 1984
anti-Sikh riots.

"Riots are unfortunate but the record of Gujarat in
conviction of those involved in riots is the highest in India.
700 people were convicted, 70 of whom were given sentences
from 10 years to life imprisonment," Prasad said.
Pointing a finger at the Congress, he asked with "what
face" the Congress could comment on Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi`s record.

"A party having the worst record in 1984 riots in which
it saved people like Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. Rajiv
Gandhi himself said that when a big tree falls, the earth
shakes," Prasad said.


First Published: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 21:32

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