New Delhi: Expressing “satisfaction” over a trial court judgement awarding death penalty to a convict and life imprisonment to another in a case pertaining to the 1984 killing of Sikhs, the BJP on Wednesday said the SIT formed by its government at the Centre was responsible for the convictions. The party also accused the Congress of trying its best to deny justice to Sikhs in the case and said the union government will continue to ensure that the trial is undertaken in a fair manner without any influence or interference.
“Today because of this judicial closure in at least two cases, some sort of balm has been made available for those who have been suffering for the last 30-35 years and the government will continue to ensure that the trial is undertaken in a fair manner without any influence or interference,” Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference at the party headquarters. “We are satisfied with the court verdict,” he added.
The BJP leader said that there was no role of the government in the process of justice and it was ensuring that the SIT probes the matter “honestly”. “I can assure you that the inquiry by SIT will continue honestly and every necessary action will be taken,” he said. Accusing the Congress of doing everything to deny justice to the Sikh community, he said it was because the party wanted to save “its own people”. It was essential that in such a worst massacre, “not only in Delhi but across the country, Sikhs are given justice,” he said.
He said Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister had justified the killings of Sikhs by saying “when a big banyan tree falls, the earth shakes”. “Only regret and tokenism by Rahul Gandhi is not sufficient. Congress will have to answer whether the statement made by Rajiv Gandhi was correct or not. Why does Congress not come openly and put forth its point of view”, he asked. (IANS)
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