Modi must step down: Congress after court order on 2002 riots

April 27th, 2009 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Narendra Modi New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Congress party Monday said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi must step down for “justice to prevail” after the Supreme Court ordered a probe into Modi’s role in the 2002 communal riots in his state.
Reacting to the apex court directive, Congress spokesperson M. Veerappa Moily said: “Narendra Modi will have to step down for justice to be done.”

The Supreme Court Monday ordered a probe into allegations that Modi along with 50 other politicians and government officials had aided statewide communal riots in 2002.

Asked why the Congress party had not done enough for the Gujarat victims despite being in power at the centre for five years, Moily said: “We have a very limited role in this context since law and order is a state subject.”

Welcoming the court’s order, he said: “We are happy, it is one such case which has opened the eyes of the judiciary. The manner in which justice has been delayed is a matter of concern, and our judiciary will have to reckon that.”

A bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and Asok Kumar Ganguly directed a special probe panel headed by former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director R.K. Raghavan to look into allegations that Modi was involved in the killing of an MP in Ahmedabad’s Gulbarga Society arson case.

The panel was asked to file its report within three months.

Asked to react to Modi being projected as a future prime ministerial candidate by his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Moily said that Modi doesn’t “deserve to be the chief minister, let alone the prime minister”.

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