Praful goes soft on Modi, says respect court order

While Patel maintained it was for an individual to give his or her version in an interview, he said, “But the fact remains that if the judicial system has given certain finality to any controversy, then we should let it rest there.

New Delhi | Updated: January 30, 2014 12:03 pm

The judicial pronouncement on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 post-Godhra riots should be accepted and not questioned, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader on Wednesday said, virtually giving a clean chit to Modi. The Congress sought to downplay the remarks of the key ally.

“We are in an era when we believe the judicial system is the final recourse to justice on any issue or to bring finality to any controversy and if the judicial system has given any pronouncement, we ought to respect it. We will not question it further,” Union Minister and NCP leader Praful Patel told reporters, responding to questions on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s attack on Modi accusing his government of abetting the 2002 riots.

While Patel maintained it was for an individual to give his or her version in an interview, he said, “But the fact remains that if the judicial system has given certain finality to any controversy,  then we should let it rest there.”

The Congress downplayed Patel’s remarks saying allies are entitled to air views on political issues but asserted that a just and fair inquiry and punishment are a pre-requisite in the law and constitution and cannot be stopped. “And be it Narendra Modi, ministers in his government or functionaries of the VHP, RSS and  the BJP, whosoever is found guilty after the probe should get punishment,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters.

When pointed out that Congress’ allies are changing stance, he said, “Allies are entitled to an opinion and once every ally in UPA sits together, all differences of opinion are sorted out on policy matters. On political issues they are entitled to their opinion.”

He said Patel is entitled to his opinion but “we believe restorative justice, justice for crimes committed by any individual, groups or parties is a pre-requisite in our law and constitution and irrespective of number of years having been passed, the judicial process is still on. We will only request that judicial process needs to be expedited. Anybody guilty should be punished in accordance with the crime committed by him or her.”

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  1. B
    Jan 30, 2014 at 3:40 am
    Paraful willfully ignored to note the Indian judiciary's partiality in verdicts. Paraful also sigh of uttering that, who is accountable for the Gujarat carnage which is taunting the nation in shame.
    1. M
      M S
      Jan 30, 2014 at 5:01 am
      Congress never accepted judgements not favorable to them. They never accepted the 1975 court judgement against Indira, so also they would never accept court judgement favoring NaMo.
      1. L
        L Sahoo
        Jan 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm
        NCP, BJP, Congress and other regional parties are corrupt, and doing politics for their self gain. Let us support AAP which stands for transparency, honesty and AAP can only cleanse the the system, polluted by these corrupt parties ...Many media channels and different persons don't ask anything from Congress and BJP despite of them looting the country for 60years, but they want answer of each question from AAP. It is totally unfair. We should support AAP which is the best and cleanest party in the current scenario, and doing an honest effort to cleanse the system. They are making a sincere and honest endeavour to make our country corruption-free and developed. Let us support Arvind K and AAP in their effort to make a revolution in the country... AAP is the cleanest and most transparent party in India now.
        1. So Jan
          Jan 30, 2014 at 2:30 am
          whe know abt him wat he was the head of air india and what happened to air india in that time
          1. S
            sneha sinha
            Jan 30, 2014 at 7:09 am
            only Rahul know the value of india, Rahul has all Quality of becoming a great leader,he has taken all message of common people seriously.
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