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Updated: 19-12-2018 14:04 IST

Targeting the Congress, BJP chief

Amit Shah Wednesday said judicial procedure was 'influenced',

which led to no convictions for so long in the 1984 anti-Sikh


The Delhi High Court Monday sentenced Congress leader

Sajjan Kumar to imprisonment for life, the first conviction of

a politician in the 1984 riots in which over 2,700 people were


"The judicial procedure was influenced which led to

no convictions in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. It made people

furious over the issue even after 34 years of the incident,"

Shah said at the Republic Summit here.

He said the NDA government set up another Special

Investigation Team (SIT) after coming to power in 2014 and the

convictions are taking place as per this body's findings.

"This (Sajjan Kumar) is the fourth judgement that has

come out," Shah pointed out.

Despite there being the Misra Commission followed by

Nanavati Commission, police did not carry out investigations

properly in any case, Shah said.

Referring to allegations of a journalist that he had

seen Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath leading a march

against Sikhs (during riots), Shah said, "It has been seen by

many people. The SIT is looking into all cases related to 1984

anti-Sikh riots."

"I believe the SIT we have set up will take the cases

of 1984 anti-Sikh riots to their logical end. And we have made

all provisions to equip the SIT," the BJP leader said.

Asked about the time required for the legal battle

over the Ram temple issue to get over, Shah said, "If the

Supreme Court conducts daily hearings of the Babri demolition

case, it will not take more than 10 days to get a verdict."

"Ayodhya is a title issue. The BJP clearly states that

we want to build a temple on the same site. The case was

pending before the SC much before 2014. We have requested the

court to clear the case and complete its hearings at the

earliest," Shah said.

Countering senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil

Sibal's demand for conducting the case hearing after the 2019

elections, he said, "I feel the case should be cleared at the

earliest. Whatever decision SC wants to take, they should take

it at the earliest."

On not following the Supreme Court's verdict in the

Sabarimala temple case, he said Sabarimala is related to

religious faith and that "in some cases, there is no need for

a judicial review."

When one goes to a gurudwara (a religious place of

Sikhs), one has to cover the head with a cloth, he said.

"The god (Lord Ayyappa) is believed to be unmarried.

It is the belief of locals. Why do you need a judicial review

here. Here it is not about equal rights of men and women,"

Shah said.

He said there are 12 temples in the country where men

are not allowed inside. "Does it mean it is an injustice to

men," he said.

"If you are talking about equal rights for men and

women, Hindus in this country have carried out so many social

reforms on their own and without any order," he said.

"The entire country rejected the 'Sati' pratha (a

Hindu practice whereby a widow immolates herself on the

funeral pyre of her husband) and child marriage while it

accepted the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Hindu Widows'

Remarriage Act. No one ever raised voice against it," he said.

All these decisions were taken in order to protect

women's dignity, Shah added.

"There are many court decisions which cannot be

followed, like ban on putting up loudspeakers on mosque or

ban on Jallikattu; who is following it? In such decisions, let

people decide about their beliefs. This should not be brought

in judicial review, is my personal opinion," he said.

Terming the triple talaq bill as a "social reform and

not a religious issue," he said even Pakistan does not allow

triple talaq to women. There are many Islamic countries where

triple talaq is banned, he said.

"We have brought the bill in Parliament and we will go

ahead with it. It is up to the opposition to show whether they

want to support Muslim women or oppose it," Shah said.

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