27 October, 2020

'We Have To Ensure A Fair Trial, That's The Least People Expect'

The law and justice minister on the steps being initiated by the UPA government to restore confidence among the people of Gujarat.

Jitender Gupta
'We Have To Ensure A Fair Trial, That's The Least People Expect'
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Expressing serious concern over the shoddy treatment meted out to the victims of the post-Godhra riots, Union minister for law and justice Hans Raj Bharadwaj maintains that the rule of law must prevail in Gujarat if people have to live without fear. He talks about the steps being initiated by the UPA government to restore confidence among the people of Gujarat. Excerpts from an interview with Murali Krishnan:

What is being done to help the victims of the post-Godhra communal riots?
The Supreme Court ruling by Justice Doraiswamy Raju and Justice Arijit Pasayat in April rightly pointed out to the Gujarat government’s laxity in bringing the guilty to book. That is why the retrial was done outside the state. Anything said or done now must only respect that sentiment and carry the work forward. We have been assisting the courts in Maharashtra (in the Best Bakery case) to ensure the criminals are brought to book. Now that we have managed to sort out the tangle of the appointment of the public prosecutor, things will move. The victims have to be satisfied that a...

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