Modi claims Shinde’s suggestion to release minority men held on terror charges ‘new low’ for country

Modi had written to the Prime Minister saying Shinde's suggestion was against the constitution.

Ahmedabad | Published:January 15, 2014 6:20 pm
Shinde had last week made a statement that he would write to all state governments to set up review or screening committees to assess the role of minority youths languishing in jails on terror charges without trial. Modi hit back saying Shinde's suggestion was against the constitutional principle of right to equality before law. Shinde had last week made a statement that he would write to all state governments to set up review or screening committees to assess the role of minority youths languishing in jails on terror charges without trial.
Modi hit back saying Shinde’s suggestion was against the constitutional principle of right to equality before law.

Dubbing as a “brazen attempt” to woo the minority community Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s remarks on minority youths in jails on terror charges, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said it marked a “new low” for the country.
He also asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise his cabinet colleague not to focus his attention on minorities alone as “principles at stake” could not be sacrificed “at the altar of political expediency”.
In a letter to Singh, the BJP’s prime ministerial contender said Shinde’s statement could send a wrong message about the country’s criminal justice system and have a demoralising effect on the law enforcement machinery.
“The Home Minister’s concern is a brazen and callous attempt to woo the minority community and even the minority community will raise questions on the timing of such statements,” Modi said. “The suggestion (from Shinde) is unprecedented and marks a new low for the country. The principles at stake are far too valuable to be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency.”
The Gujarat Chief Minister said, “a crime is a crime irrespective of the birth marks of the criminal and his religious beliefs could not determine the guilt or innocence.”
Shinde had last week made a statement that he would write to all state governments to set up review or screening committees to assess the role of minority youths languishing in jails on terror charges without trial.
He said Shinde’s suggestion was against the constitutional principle of right to equality before law.
Modi also wrote that the suggestion was against the constitutional principle of right to equality before law.
Shinde had earlier written to all state governments including Gujarat that “strict and prompt action against erring police officers should be taken where there is malafide arrest of any member of minority community.
“Wrongfully arrested person should not only be released immediately but should also be suitably compensated and rehabilitated to join the mainstream”.
Modi said that the proposed directive for setting up review committees was against the provision of criminal law, which does not provide for any review committee for withdrawal of pending cases where charge sheets have been filed.
“One cannot rule out the possibility of the trials getting delayed due to such illegal action on the part of the state if the courts were to find fault with such interventions made on extraneous considerations. If this were to happen, undertrial prisoners will end up being under incarceration for longer periods; thus achieving exactly the opposite of the purported objective,” Modi wrote.
The Gujarat Chief Minister said the Home Minister should find a solution within the constitutional framework, while suggesting an acceptable solution could be to fast-track all terror cases.
He also said Shinde should focus on monitoring the terror cases being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
“It would be interesting to know how many innocent youths are found to be wrongly implicated in these cases. I hope the Home Minister understands that every case of acquittal need not be a case of wrongful arrest and false/malafide implication,” he said.

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    HinduRashtra
    Jan 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm
    Modiji is correct... All parties only speaks of muslims in the name of minorities either its AAP, BSP, SP, JDU. However Supreme court ruled out calling muslims as minorities.
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      Indian
      Jan 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm
      i'm a Muslim and I find Shinde's statement and its timings absolutely pathetic. Just to woo for minority votes....I know that there were many wrong cases/arrests have been made on the name of terror but what did congress did at that time? for example in Hyderabad, 8 people arrested and sent to jail for 8 years without any trial and later got released, subsequent apologies has been made by Kiran Kumar Reddy on behalf of Govt. in A.P embly..... my question is what did they do for wrong actions from Police? only statements will not work......and when it comes to Modi, you are running for PM post of India.....I'm happy that you raised this concerns, by why don't you talk when children were dying in Muzaffarnagar riots? why don't you open your mouth when BJP MLA's were being facilitated..isn't this new low?.....don't try to be saint......one is doing minority appeat and the other is doing majority appeat......time to get rid of these political cl/thinking/way/culture.....lets all Indian decide......
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        syam
        Jan 15, 2014 at 3:35 pm
        Looks like Shinde wants to release charges on Dawood, since he is from the minority community...
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          Citizen
          Jan 16, 2014 at 1:19 am
          The concern for these guys/party is only their own enrichment by playing vote bank, minority appeat politics, throwing away tax payers money as freebies with out any tangible long term results , giving color to illegal activities and dividing the society, promoting inefficiency in the name of by birth reservations from top post to the lowest rung instead of considering financial istance linked to the family size and income to all citizens of the nation. It is now for the voters to send these guys home for ever in 2014 for their own/nation's future. Jaihind
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