Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Congress demands Modi\'s resignation over Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case

New Delhi, September 3, 2013:-

The Congress on Tuesday demanded Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi\'s resignation over the charges of interference by him and some other BJP leaders in legal proceedings involving the Tulsi Prajapati encounter case. The BJP, however, rubbished the charges and said the allegations made by the Congress were baseless.

The Congress-BJP sparring began over a petition filed in the Supreme Court, seeking a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against BJP MPs Prakash Javadekar and Bhupinder Yadav for allegedly tampering and subverting evidence in Prajapati encounter case.

The PIL was based on the findings of a sting operation, conducted by an independent journalist. It seeks the cancellation of the then Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah\'s bail.

The petitioner has claimed that there is evidence of criminal conspiracy against three BJP leaders, including the two BJP MPs, for allegedly trying to influence the legal proceedings in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was shot by the Gujarat Police in 2005 along with his wife after being abducted from a bus.

The apex court has not yet admitted the PIL which alleges that senior leaders of the BJP were trying to engineer a conspiracy to protect Amit Shah, who happens to be a close aide of Modi and a key accused in the Sohrabuddin case. He was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court and the decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in April this year.

The Congress grabbed the opportunity to attack the BJP on the issue. Party general secretary Ajay Maken demanded Modi\'s resignation to facilitate a fair probe into the matter. He also asked for the cancellation of Shah\'s bail.

Congress leader P.L. Punia, who heads the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), said the Gujarat Police killed Prajapati -- a Dalit -- in a fake encounter in 2006 and demanded CBI probe into the BJP leaders\' alleged bid to derail the investigation.

BJP leader Balbir Punj, however, said that the Congress leaders were making baseless allegations for a long even as no courts found anything wrong. \"We dismiss this allegation with utter contempt,\" he said.

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