Apex court decision victory for Modi: BJP (Lead)

September 12th, 2011 - 5:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday said the Supreme Court directive to a trial court to hear a case against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the killing of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri during the 2002 riots was a “victory” for the chief minister and he would now play a bigger role in national poitics.

“It is not just a relief for Modi, but a victory for Modi,” BJP spokesperson Balbir K. Punj told reporters here. BJP leader Arun Jaitley said there was no evidence against Modi.

Punj said Modi will now “play a much larger role in the national political scene”.

The apex court order came on a petition of Zakia Jafri, the widow of Ehasan Jafri, urging a probe into Modi’s role in the Gulberg Society carnage and the trial of the case by a special court outside the state.

“The BJP had always said that the allegations made against the Gujarat chief minister in relation to 2002 riots were absolutely false and there is not a shred of evidence,” said BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

He said the trial in the case is in final stages and there is no evidence against Gujarat chief minister.

“There is no evidence to connect him (Narendra Modi) with any of this crime. Propaganda and falsehood can never be a substitute for hard evidence… we are glad this is now being accepted. I am glad that the apex court came to a conclusion that trial in the state of Gujarat can be fair and free,” he said.

In the 2002 mob attack on Gulberg Society, 37 people, including former Congress MP Jafri, were killed. The rampaging mob targeted members of Muslim community in the Ahmedabad neighbourhood during the riots.

Zakia Jafri has alleged inaction of 63 people, including the cnief minister, ministers and high-ranking officers, in the incident.

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