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In a statement here, Mr. Elangovan said the CBI committed a "big mistake" in withdrawing the supplementary charge sheet leading to the present verdict.
After the court ruling, the Human Resource Minister, Murli Manohar Joshi, had resigned, but it was regrettable that Mr. Advani had not offered to resign. Mr. Elangovan pointed out that the former Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, upheld democratic norms by asking his close friend, V.K. Krishna Menon, to step down following the debate in Parliament on the Chinese incursions. The Congress had preserved democratic traditions, but under the BJP rule, democracy had become a laughing stock, he charged.
Reacting to the grant of bail for Gopal, Nakkheeran editor, by the Madras High Court, Mr. Elangovan said the State CB-CID was thoroughly exposed as the court felt that it had filed conflicting reports on the charges against him.
People of Tamil Nadu would soon give an appropriate verdict on the "authoritarianism and murder of democracy in the State."
`Diluted charge sheet'
The Dravidar Kazhagam and the Tamil Maanila Muslim League (TMML) have also questioned the rationale behind the discharge of Mr. Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The DK general secretary, K. Veeramani, in a statement here, charged that Mr. Advani was exonerated based on a "diluted" charge sheet filed by the CBI. He said it was the same CBI, which filed the charge sheet against Mr. Advani and 49 BJP and VHP workers in 1997. How could people have faith in the CBI when it discharged Mr. Advani now, he asked.
Criticising the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, for adopting ``double standards'' in asking Mr. Joshi to reconsider his resignation, Mr. Veeramani said Mr. Vajpayee had used a different yardstick while accepting the resignation of Sedapatti Muthaiah and Gingee N. Ramachandran.
The TMML president, Sheikh Dawood, said both the Centre and the CBI had lost people's faith as they had allegedly collaborated in saving Mr. Advani. He demanded that Mr. Advani resign, owning responsibility for his action.
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