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Shinde’s suggestion on minority youths a “new low”: Modi

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Dubbing as a “brazen attempt” to woo the minority community Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s remarks on minority youths in jails on terror charges, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it marked a “new low” for the country. File photo
Dubbing as a “brazen attempt” to woo the minority community Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s remarks on minority youths in jails on terror charges, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it marked a “new low” for the country. File photo

Dubbing as a “brazen attempt” to woo the minority community Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s remarks on minority youths in jails on terror charges, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it marked a “new low” for the country.

He also asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise his cabinet colleague not to focus his attention on minorities alone as “principles at stake” could not be sacrificed “at the altar of political expediency”.

In a letter to Dr. Singh, the BJP’s prime ministerial contender said Mr. Shinde’s statement could send a wrong message about the country’s criminal justice system and have a demoralising effect on the law enforcement machinery.

“The Home Minister’s concern is a brazen and callous attempt to woo the minority community and even the minority community will raise questions on the timing of such statements,” Mr. Modi said.

“The suggestion (from Mr. Shinde) is unprecedented and marks a new low for the country.... the principles at stake are far too valuable to be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency,” he said.

The Gujarat Chief Minister said, “A crime is a crime irrespective of the birth marks of the criminal and his religious beliefs could not determine the guilt or innocence.”

Mr. Shinde had last week made a statement that he would write to all state governments to set up review or screening committees to assess the role of minority youths languishing in jails on terror charges without trial.

He said Mr. Shinde’s suggestion was against the constitutional principle of right to equality before law.

Mr. Modi also wrote that the suggestion was against the constitutional principle of right to equality before law.

Mr. Shinde had earlier written to all state governments including Gujarat that “strict and prompt action against erring police officers should be taken where there is malafide arrest of any member of minority community.

“Wrongfully arrested person should not only be released immediately but should also be suitably compensated and rehabilitated to join the mainstream”.

Mr. Modi said that the proposed directive for setting up review committees was against the provision of criminal law, which does not provide for any review committee for withdrawal of pending cases where charge sheets have been filed.

“One cannot rule out the possibility of the trials getting delayed due to such illegal action on the part of the state if the courts were to find fault with such interventions made on extraneous considerations. If this were to happen, under trial prisoners will end up being under incarceration for longer periods; thus achieving exactly the opposite of the purported objective,” Mr. Modi wrote.

The Gujarat Chief Minister said the Home Minister should find a solution within the constitutional framework, while suggesting an acceptable solution could be to fast-track all terror cases.

He also said Mr. Shinde should focus on monitoring the terror cases being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

“It would be interesting to know how many innocent youths are found to be wrongly implicated in these cases. I hope the Home Minister understands that every case of acquittal need not be a case of wrongful arrest and false/malafide implication,” he said.

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Congress has a bunch of block heads in their cabinet competing with each other for the heights of Dumbness!!

from:  RaviKiran H
Posted on: Jan 16, 2014 at 18:06 IST

Divide and Rule, this is what Indian politicians have inherited from Britishers. It was being done behind curtain by all parties but doing it openly is really a NEW and GREAT LOW and is also a crime.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Jan 16, 2014 at 17:26 IST

Mr Narendra, please also know that an innocent cannot be simply accused
and kept in jail for long without any ground, and allowed to go after
sometime, without any punishment for those who wrongly implicated
him/her, just because he/she is born in a religion, or just because
his/her religion can be easily stereotyped as terrorist by power mongers
both globally as well as in India.

from:  Muthu
Posted on: Jan 16, 2014 at 16:22 IST

The core issue has lost in the cheap political fight between BJP & Cong.What Muslim youth need is genuine equality before the law, something that is often denied them. A fair trial advise does't mean they are shown some special favour. its to preventing vendetta policing and sham investigation against innocent Muslims youth.The unfortunate truth is that Muslims are the first to be picked up in the aftermath of a every terrorist strike. Anti-terror squads conduct ‘combing operations’ in Muslim neighbourhoods and what follows is the by-now well- documented nightmare of illegal detention, torture and forced confessions followed by denial of bail and years in prison. shoddy investigation, of course, but also often because the terror accused were never involved in the crime in the first place.

from:  Abu Jani
Posted on: Jan 16, 2014 at 16:11 IST

NaMo is absolutely right and he speaks for all Indians. Further evidence of the Congress playing 'vote-bank' politics to delude the minorities into voting for them. Irrespective of religion, colour creed and caste, the same rules should apply to everyone. Congress is responsible for further dividing Indians.

from:  Vipul
Posted on: Jan 16, 2014 at 15:21 IST

This is in response to Mr Iqbal.
Mr Iqbal, I hope you would agree that the Home Minister of the Govt of India is the Home Minister of all citizens. In that case, a criminal is a criminal irrespective of his/her religion. A criminal doesn't become an innocent just because he was born into a specific religion.

from:  Narendra A
Posted on: Jan 16, 2014 at 14:49 IST

What is wrong if Mr. shinde write a letter to the state to review the cases a boys have been detained and after 5-10 years court not found any guilty and then they come out from jail but after coming out they loss everything who will give them back their 10 years.
people who are against the Mr. Shinde's remark think about that youth who lost their golden time in a jail.
Catch the the person who did the crime why catch the innocent just to show to the media that i have detained the culprit.

from:  Asif Iqbal
Posted on: Jan 16, 2014 at 14:29 IST

Modi has only two issues to make cut-piece statements on:
1)Religion(Minorities, Pakistani issues etc)
2)Rahul Gandhi
Modi unless you talk about Real issues like Corruption,Black Markets and hence Inflation inclding that Real Estate Inflation,Tax evasion(Black Money) you will never become PM..

from:  KondaRao
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 22:09 IST

From the daily foot in the mouth statements from Congress Ministers, it is very clear that the Congress party is fats becoming an asylum for lunatics!!

from:  G.Nandakumar
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:56 IST

The primary responsibility of any union Home Minister is to ensure that people of the country
stay united amidst any crisis that threatens the spirit and existence of unity. Going by what
Mr. Shinde has stated and the intent behind the statement, does he pass this first test?

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:51 IST

Fact of the matter is that muslims constitute 13.4 percent of indian population while muslims constitute 37.6 percent the indian prisioner. Though, this can mean that proportionally, muslims commit more crime than rest of the indians but nobody can deny that there are biases against muslims in general. Mr. Modi, we want to give strictest punishment to all the 'guilty terrorists' and we want to conduct fair trial against all the people who are in custody irrespective of their religion. However, Shinde is still very correct when he says that state governments need to review the role of minority youths languishing in jails on terror charges 'without trial'.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:34 IST

We have come to a point where people are made to think that the role of Govt. is limited to speaking and writing about issues happening in the country. When the govt. itself is not acting, how can there be merit in writing to the Chief Ministers of states.

The political parties are following a divide and rule policy with the common man, and it is worse compared to olden days. Nowadays, when people are engaged in building up their own lives and family, who cares much for religion.

The timing of the letters is more important here, and it need not be out of true love towards those in jail.

from:  Narayanan V
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:27 IST

Yes..The charismatic leader is right...I think our home minister Shinde is really out of his mind....what is minority??do minority have all the rights to go on with any's really like putting on 'RESERVATION SICKNESS' here too..

i don't know how these people make such bad decisions..Reservation is the major thing which is responsible for most of the unemployment across the country and now this silly needs you MODI....har har modi.....

from:  Mridul Singhal
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:27 IST

If a citizen of the said community, which comes under the UPA Home Misister said bracket does a criminal offense against me, will the The republic's Police and judiciary will be protecting whose rights. Am I degraded to a second class citizen of The Republic of India by Manmohan Singh and UPA under the chairperson-ship of Sonia Gandhi?

from:  Martin Kurian
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:21 IST

This is why whole India supports NaMo. it really seams that for him India First.

from:  Rajesh Kumar
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:18 IST

We are not asking to release terrorist but the thousand of innocence youth trapped in jail since years in the name of terrorism. and so many bomb blast done by hindutva Terrorism by posing as Muslim with Long beard & Arabic books & fake ISI ID then few caught red-handed by police eventhough muslims jailed for the same bombblast without any evidence against them when its confirmed that its done by hindu extremist then my minority trapped in jailed. I totally disagree with Modi.

from:  Shahid Ahmed
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:10 IST

How is it only minority is targeted ?
It general public targeted in such incidents. Minority or majority
both must not be kept in jail without proper case filed.

And Home ministers statement is no where valid. He must have given a
advisory to prevent such cases for all Indians rather than only
targeting one set of Indians.
Do not fall prey to such words and vote for INC again. Think about all
Indians rather than one community. U too are part of INDIAN community.

from:  Sharath Kamath
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:05 IST

CM Modi is morally right, and legally and politically correct. He is
being secular.

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 18:02 IST

Is there not anyone from the majority community languishing in jail on
terror charges without trial meriting review by the proposed Screening
Committee ? If there is none, it speaks well of them. Mr.Shinde is Home
Minister for all Indians. He should not be seen to be acting solely for
minority or majority community.

from:  G.Jagannathan
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:55 IST

I think Sinde Sir, often committing mistakes and Congress is supporting
internally to make strong the vote bank.

from:  kravi
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:54 IST

To home minister,

improve the efficiency of the police system, don't try to woo sections
among the crowd.
My question is have done enough in providing the justice to the rape
victims, then allow the rape victims themselves to punish the
criminals, not courts.

What are you trying to convey to the country.?

from:  dayakarsama
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:54 IST

Shameless Congress gov has come to such low that they are saying such things in public . I think India is that sane nation where 'minority' politics whose population exceeds 250 million is being played openly . In UK , muslims compromise 5% of population , but they compromise 13% of criminals behind bars . In USA , Blacks compromise 30% of population , but they compromise 48% of criminals . So where is the rationality when you link criminality to religion ? Only Congress gov which gave up to Muslim league in past can do such things. God save our beloved country !!

from:  anil
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:48 IST

Whatever be, but this fellow's wit lacks depth. At 60+ age, he must have
clarity of thought. Instead, he has been speaking superficially. I doubt
the caliber compared to his own party members of like sushma and even
arun jaitley.

from:  Sushanta Kumar Sahu
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:47 IST

Majority or minority community, innocent people should not be harassed. Mr Shinde should
have dropped the religious affiliation tag. His letter shows that he is not either really serious
or/and really secular. The objection by Modi is correct.

from:  S Srinivasan
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:45 IST

Yes Mr. Modi, “A crime is a crime irrespective of the birth marks of the
criminal and his religious beliefs could not determine the guilt or
innocence.”, but indeed the birthmarks and religious beliefs matter a
lot at the time of arrest. However, there is no doubt that both the
Union Home Minister and Mr. Modi are playing dirty politics of terror.

from:  SayIsh
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:42 IST

I completely endorse to Modi's point of view.

from:  Subramanya
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:29 IST

Very often crime is not committed by minority youths and they are
arrested and put in jails indefinitely on terror charges. Justice
delayed to such people is justice denied.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:19 IST

how is our home minister dealing with minority issues or terrorism?
Happening only in India....

from:  sudarshan
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:18 IST

Congress has always been doing vote bank politics either to woo
minorities or SCs Or STs or endowing of reservation to particular group
like this time for Jat community in sake of bogus positive
discrimination. Modi is right in his words that we should remove the
mark of corrupt congress and its allies from the India. May mighty bless
modi spirit also to do same.

from:  vipesh
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:17 IST

He is right.

from:  Aditya Mohan Sharma
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:06 IST

Thank God.Please restore some sanity in this Government. On this issue I agree 100% with Modi.

from:  Praveen
Posted on: Jan 15, 2014 at 17:04 IST
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