Welcoming the Supreme Court order in the Gulbarga society case, BJP today said it has vindicated the party’s stand that there is no shred of evidence against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the case relating to the 2002 riots in the state.
Veteran leader L.K. Advani welcomed the Supreme Court verdict, saying it has come as a big relief to BJP.
“Never in history of India has there been misinformation propaganda against any political leader as it has been against Mr. Modi,” he said in Mumbai.
Congratulating Mr. Modi in a message on Twitter, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said, “Narendrabhai has passed agnipareeksha (test by fire) today. My heartiest congratulations to him. Satyamev Jayate. Varsho baad aaj satya ki vijay hui hai (truth has triumphed after many years).”
Her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley said there is not a shred of evidence of involvement of Mr. Modi in the riots and the SC verdict has vindicated the BJP stand.
“BJP has throughout maintained that allegations against Narendra Modi are totally false and there is no shred of evidence against him to connect him with the unfortunate riots,” Mr. Jaitley said in Delhi.
The lawyer said the court had asked SIT to investigate the Gulberg society case and no evidence of Mr. Modi’s involvement was found. The Supreme Court has now stated that a supplementary chargesheet should be filed and the case tried in a lower court.
“We stand vindicated that there is no evidence to connect Mr. Modi to the riots,” Mr. Jaitley said.
He also took digs at the rights activists who have been gunning for Mr. Modi in the riots case. “Propoganda is no substitute for evidence,” he said.
Mr. Jaitley stated that he was glad SC has monitored the riots case and its ruling shows it has faith that a fair trial can be held in a Gujarat court.
Mr. Modi expressed his happiness over the ruling with a Tweet, “God is great”.