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
"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,"
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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