Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised the Supreme Court’s decision in the Gujarat riots case today, saying those who made politically motivated accusations should apologise.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition filed by Zakia Jafri challenging the Special Investigation Team’s clean bill of health given to then-Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and several other individuals.
While dismissing the petition, the court also determined that it lacked merit.
In an interview with a news agency, Mr. Shah stated that the Court has stated that the riots following the burning of a train in Godhra were not pre-planned, but rather spontaneous.
He claimed that everything was done at the time to keep the situation under control.
The Minister also stated that the government would not hesitate to take action to control the situation, and that the Army would be called that afternoon.
Mr. Shah lashed out at the Congress, which had been protesting for days over the ED’s interrogation of party leader Rahul Gandhi, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi set an example of how the Constitution can be upheld when he was questioned in the case but no dharna was held. He claimed that Mr. Modi had silently endured false allegations related to the riots for 19 years because the legal process was ongoing.
The Minister stated that the judgement clearly mentions Teesta Setalvad’s name, who had an NGO that filed such applications in this case involving BJP workers.
He went on to say that the media exerted so much pressure that all applications were treated as true.