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Fast track courts likely for cases involving “innocent Muslims”

Sandeep Joshi
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Sushilkumar Shinde. File Photo: PTI
Sushilkumar Shinde. File Photo: PTI

Shinde assures MPs that such courts will be set up to expedite trial

Amid charges of “innocent” Muslims being falsely implicated in terror cases, the Union government is likely to set up fast track courts to expedite their trial.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde gave the assurance to a group of MPs and civil rights activists who met him to demand a “clear-cut time frame” for setting up such courts and freeing all the accused who have been in prison for two years or more.

The delegation presented a 14-point charter of demands, seeking immediate action to end the persecution of “innocent” Muslims who were “being falsely implicated on the charges of terrorist activities with fabricated evidence.”

Notably, Mr. Shinde recently wrote to Minority Affairs Minister K. Rahman Khan, backing the proposal to establish special courts for expeditious trial of terror cases involving “innocent” Muslim youths. Besides Muslims organisations and human rights groups, some political parties have demanded a mechanism to ensure that “innocent” Muslims are not held on fabricated charges.

The memorandum — signed by CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan and Rajya Sabha MPs Mani Shankar Ayyar, A.S. Malihabadi, Mohammed Addeb and Aziz Pasha — has also demanded a mechanism to secure compensation and reparation for, and rehabilitation of, those acquitted by courts. It sought a probe against police officers who had arrested “innocent” Muslims and fabricated evidence against them, and strict penal action, if they were found guilty.

Demanding an official audit of all counter-terrorism agencies to “investigate their practices in framing innocent Muslim youth,” the delegation, which included members of the People’s Campaign Against Politics of Terror (PCPT), sought an end to “protracted police custody” of an alleged accused person.

Significantly, in December last, answering a question in the Rajya Sabha from Janata Dal (United) member Sabir Ali about details “of innocent Muslims languishing in various jails,” Mr. Shinde said data from the National Crime Records Bureau showed that as on December 2011, the total number of undertrials in prisons was more than 2.41 lakh, of whom 51,206 or 21.2 per cent of the total inmates were Muslims. Likewise, there were more than 1.28 lakh convicts lodged in various jails, including 22,943 Muslims.

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This type of cynical political machinations have been at the root cause of all the communal ills plaguing our country.

The Home Minister is proving his incapability by making sweeping statements - Hindu terror, innocent Muslims etc..

Babri Masjid episode, Modi etc. have been responses for taking the majority for granted... If the Congress is serious about secularism it should jettison this posturing and adopt a common approach/law for all, restoring credibility in itself and secularism.

from:  Milind
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 10:14 IST

what a boon indians have been bestowed with, to have ministers of this kind who utter irresponsible and irrelevant statements not once in a way but whenever they open their mouths.

from:  ashok
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 09:10 IST

Hoping it should really help to reduce the agony of innocents irespective of the cast and religions. but i have small doubt as why this things heads up prior to elections only. No offence to anybody hoping for the good result form this

from:  vivek
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 14:53 IST

All thanks to Late Mr Arjun Singh for Warren's safe and sound exit from India. Though being the CM he was the first to escape from bhopal rather than carving out any strategy to deal with the tragedy. Unless this perfectly immune political class is made accountable, there are more tragedies to come with the perpetuators moving out as free as ever.

from:  Rahul Shahi
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 11:42 IST

Doesn't this go against secularism? Or is affirmative action the mantra
in judicial and security matters from now on?

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 11:17 IST

After the Aseemananda confession it was found that innocent Muslims were
in prison and the NIA dropped their charges. NIA then wanted investigate
the frame up but nothing has come out of this so far.Had the concerned
police officials are interrogated the truth behind the frame ups would
have been known.

from:  Nasar
Posted on: Apr 3, 2013 at 10:29 IST
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