A mid a major controversy over facilitation of eight men convicted of mob lynching, Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Saturday said he was only “honouring the due process of law”.
In a series of tweets, Sinha said: “…Unfortunately, irresponsible statements are being made about my actions when all that I am doing is honouring the due process of law…”
At a time when the central government is claiming that it is taking steps to control cases of mob lynching, the minister stirred a fresh controversy after he met eight people convicted in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand. He also went ahead to garland them.
Sinha, however, defended his action on Twitter by adding that the high court has “suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail while admitting their case. The case will once again be re-heard.”
The eight men were earlier convicted by a lower court of lynching a man named Alimuddin Ansari, 40, on June 29 last year in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh.
Alimuddin was lynched on the suspicion that he was transporting beef in his vehicle, which in turn was later set on fire.
The minister met the convicts at an event organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to welcome the high court’s bail order and felicitate the convicts.
Speaking at the event, BJP MLA Shankar Choudhary said advocate BB Tripathi, who represented the eight men for the bail plea, was like a god and helped them get bails.
A total of 12 people were accused in the Ramgarh lynching case. Eleven of them have been held guilty and awarded death sentence by a fast-track court. The 12th person is a minor and his trial is being conducted in a juvenile court.
News credit : Indiatoday