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Godhra verdict: Govt says law will take its own course

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 14:52

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday reacted
cautiously to the special court`s verdict on the Godhra train
burning case, saying the law will take its own course.

"The courts of law will take their own course... there
are processes involved because definitely there will be an
appeal filed in the High Court. Therefore, it is premature to
comment on this," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told reporters

He said it was necessary that the guilty behind the
incident are punished. "Of course nobody can block the process
of the courts of justice," he said.

Asked to react on the acquittal of main conspirator
Syed Hassan Umarji, Moily said as a Law Minister he could not
comment on the judgement of a sessions court.

"If there is any case, it is for the High Court to
interfere, not for me," he said.

Asked to comment on the arrangements made by the
Gujarat government to ensure peace against the backdrop of the
verdict, Moily said there was nothing to compliment the state
government about. "It is the creation of the state government
itself," he quipped.

31 people were convicted by a special court in
Ahmedabad in the Godhra train burning case while 63 others
were acquitted.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said he would not like to
say anything on the issue before going through the judgement.

Minorities Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid it was
important to understand the "reasoning" behind the judgement.

"How can we say the verdict is good or bad without
understanding the reasoning," he said.

He, however, added that the series of events
surrounding the incident have often raised question marks on
the level of confidence in the state government.

"Only time will tell whether the verdict will help
increase the level of confidence," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 14:52
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