BJP rejoices over Shah bail, Karnataka HC verdict
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 00:42
New Delhi: Amid unhappiness within a section of the BJP over Sushma Swaraj's remarks on Narendra Modi, the party had something to cheer about today with former Gujarat minister Amit Shah getting bail in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and Karnataka High Court upholding suspension of 11 rebel MLAs.

"We have always maintained and believed that the case against Amit Shah in Gujarat was unfairly investigated. It was a clear case of no evidence. And we are happy that the High Court has accepted the bail application of Shah and we believe that truth alone triumphs," BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay said.

He also hailed the verdict of Karnataka High Court upholding the Speaker's decision disqualifying 11 BJP rebel MLAs who had expressed their opposition to the B S Yeddyurappa government in a letter to the Governor.

"In Karnataka, the High Court has upheld the anti-defection law in letter and spirit. We are happy and this is a happy Diwali for all those who believe in law and in upholding the spirit of the Constitution," Vijay said.

"It is Satyamev Jayate in Gujarat and Satyamev Jayate in Karnataka. The revengeful politics of CBI (in Sohrabuddin case) stands exposed," he added.

BJP top brass was engaged in fire-fighting till yesterday in the wake of senior party leader Sushma Swaraj's statement in the course of campaigning in Bihar that Modi's magic might not work everywhere.

Though Shah has not been exonerated and the victory in Karnataka may be short-lived, the party today got something to rejoice.

While the BJP had till now appeared confident of a verdict in its favour in Karnataka, it was Amit Shah's release that came as a relief and a reason to rejoice for the party.

BJP workers burst crackers and distributed sweets at the party headquarters here to celebrate the occasion.

"CBI is constantly proving through its actions that it prefers to be used as a political tool provided it gets full support of the government. And so the institutions that safeguard democratic norms like CVC or CBI office, have lost their neutrality in this regime," Vijay said.

BJP in-charge of Gujarat Balbir Punj also welcomed the High Court decision on Amit Shah.

"The court order has vindicated the BJP stand that the CBI had framed up an innocent person under political pressure in the Sohrabuddin case. It is noteworthy that people of Gujarat had given a verdict in BJP's favour by decimating Congress in the just-concluded elections to local bodies," he said.


First Published: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 00:42

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