New Delhi: Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict directing the SIT to file its report on the Gulberg Society case in the trial court, the BJP said that the Congress must stop its propaganda against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Talking to a news channel, Monday, senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley said, “The Supreme Court has given an affect to what is the due process of law, adding, “Those who have to be punished for the offence have to be the ones who have actually committed the offence.”
The Gujarat Police investigation in the Gujarat riots case was “by and large fair” and the SIT added to the investigation, Jaitley said while also pointing out: “The SIT found nothing to implicate any political functionary of the state.”
The BJP leader emphasised that lot had been done to, “derail justice in the past but the SC can see through it” and that the trial court will proceed as “per the law”.
In a clear message that the BJP was firmly behind the Gujarat Chief Minister, Jaitley reiterated that Narendra Modi was not named in any single chargesheet, nor had he been indicted by the Special Investigation Team.
Clearing the air on Modi shifting base to New Delhi, the BJP leader said, “Narendra Modi is already a very popular leader and where he will work and how best he can be used will be decided by the party and the person concerned.”
Later addressing a press conference in the national capital, Arun Jaitley reaffirmed that the BJP was vindicated in their position that Narendra Modi had no role in the Gujarat riots. He said, “We have always maintained that the allegations against him were false.”
Taking a jibe at the opposition and various NGO’s who are seen as Modi-baiters, the seasoned politician said, “Propaganda and falsehood is never a substitute for evidence.”
Jaitley also pointed out that the SC verdict proved, “A trial in the state of Gujarat can be fair.”