Congress Party General Secretary Digvijaya Singh today said the Uttar Pradesh Government’s move to withdraw cases against the accused in Muzaffarnagar communal riot will have to stand the scrutiny of law, though the government was entitled to take such a step.
Speaking to reporters after presiding over the Coordination Committee meeting of the Congress Party in Karnataka here, he said the Samajwadi Party government had the right, but its decision will have to pass scrutiny in the courts of law.
‘A State government has the right to take such decisions against the accused if they were innocent. But such withdrawal of cases has to come under the scanner of judiciary,’ he added. His comments come in the wake of the SP Government favouring the withdrawal of cases against the accused in Muzaffarnagar riot.
Replying to another question over Aam Admi Party leader Prashant Bhushan seeking referendum in Kashmir to decide whether or not the Indian Army should remain deployed, he said the matter should be left to the Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers to handle.
Meanwhile, Mr Singh advocated civil society leaders to desist from using ‘abusive language’ against political party leaders but take a cue from AAP President Arvind Kejriwal.
‘These people should come out in open, win elections and then enact laws, rather than hurl abuses at political parties.
They should learn austerity and humility from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader. They should contest in elections and talk next,’ he opined. Earlier, Mr Singh defended recent induction of two controversial leaders D K Shivakumar and Roshan Beig, in the Karnataka Cabinet saying that there were no charge sheets filed against them and they were ‘not’ tainted. The induction had attracted all round criticism as the two leaders faced court cases. While, the former was accused in illegal iron ore mining cases, the latter faces charges of misappropriation of funds in a minority organisation-run bank.