Will table SC remarks on 2002 riots: Modhvadia

Gandhinagar: Accepting the challenge of a Gujarat minister to submit proof about adverse remarks reportedly made by the Supreme Court against Chief Minister Narendra Modi, state Congress president Arjun Modhvadia on Monday said he would table the comments in the state Assembly soon.

During a heated discussion on jobs for minorities in the state, Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhvadia said that it had been proved that the Modi government was "anti-minority" and claimed even the Supreme Court had once said that "Nero of Gujarat was sleeping when the state was burning" in 2002.

Parliamentary affairs minister of Gujarat Dilip Sanghani objected to Modhvadia's remarks, saying that if he was levelling such an allegation he should submit proof of it or else apologise in the House.

Accepting Sanghani's challenge, Modhvadia said he would submit proof of the apex court's remarks in the House soon.

The discussion took place when Congress MLA from Kalupur Farooq Sheikh was asked how many youths of the minority community had got themselves registered with the state employment bureau and how many of them had got jobs.

The Supreme Court on April 12, 2004, had observed, "the modern day Neros were looking elsewhere when Best Bakery, innocent children and helpless women were burning and probably deliberating how the perpetrators of the crime can be protected".

The observation was made by division bench of Justice Areejit Pasayat and Justice Doraiswamy Raju while quashing the acquittal of all 21 accused in the 2002 Best Bakery case and directed its retrial in a Mumbai court.