23 September, 2020

The Testimonies Nail The Sena...

Activists dig out cases from the report to slam the Sena—and the Kalachowky episodes belie the police claim of neutrality

The Testimonies Nail The Sena...

EVEN before the tabling of the Srikrishna Commission report, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray had paved the way to extricate himself and the party from potential indictment. Notable among them was his observation on commissions of inquiry: "Commissions are a waste of time since they end up being irrelevant. They make no difference between recommendations and judgements. There is no need for them." Specific to the Srikrishna findings, a fortnight before the release of the report he shrugged away any possible prosecution with: "I don't care. Anyway he cannot hang me."

 But the noose has begun tightening. First, with what has been perceived as a "completely irresponsible and pompous" statement made by chief minister Manohar Joshi while announcing his rejection of the report on the floor of the House. Second, the slew of public interest litigations (PILs) that are likely to follow. The first of these has already been filed by the Samajwadi Party.

While the Sena has been strident in rubbishing the...



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