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Congress disputes BJP views of SC judgment

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, APRIL 13. The Congress today joined issue with the Bharatiya Janata Party, disputing the BJP leader, Arun Jaitley's statement that the Supreme Court judgment in the Best Bakery case was not an indictment of the Narendra Modi Government in Gujarat. The party cited 11 observations from the judgment in support of its argument.

The party pointed to the observation of the Supreme Court: ``when ghastly killings take place in the land of Mahatma Gandhi it raises a very pertinent question as to whether some people have become so bankrupt in their ideology that they have deviated from everything which was so dear to him.''

The Congress spokesperson, Kapil Sibal, said that another observation that ``the investigation appears to be perfunctory and anything but impartial without any definite object of finding out the truth and bringing to book those who were responsible for the crime,'' as also the comment that the ``public prosecutor appears to have acted more as a defence counsel than one whose duty was to present the truth before the Court,'' proved the party's point.

He said the comment that ``the modern day Neros were looking elsewhere when Best Bakery and innocent children and helpless women were burning, and were probably deliberating how the perpetrators of the crime can be saved or protected,'' did expose the BJP Government.

``Is Mr. Arun Jaitley fooling himself or fooling the people of India ?'' asked Mr. Sibal.

The CPI(ML) today welcomed the judgment and said the order was a ``slap on the face of Modi and his protectors in Delhi.'' In a statement, the party expressed the hope that the democratic institutions of the country would be able to get justice for the riot-victims of Gujarat.

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