New Delhi, Sept. 5: The Congress is going all out to corner Narendra Modi, pursuing fake encounter cases that have landed several senior Gujarat police officers in jail instead of merely using them for political criticism.
The party today said the National Commission for Scheduled Castes has written to the CBI and the police chiefs of Gujarat and Rajasthan to investigate a CD prepared through a sting operation that revealed a purported plot to derail the trial in the Tulsi Prajapati case.
Modi’s lieutenant Amit Shah is an accused in the fake encounter case.
It is exceptional for a political party to hold a media conference on the activities of a constitutional body. Although a Congress Lok Sabha MP, P.L. Punia, heads the commission, the party has never in the past so explicitly associated itself with the decisions of such bodies.
Congress spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das, while dwelling on the commission’s move, explained that it took up the case of Prajapati, an OBC, because the panel is mandated under Article 338 of the Constitution to look into atrocities against both Dalits and OBCs.
The letter written to CBI director Ranjit Sinha by the commission’s joint secretary, T. Theethan, asks for a probe into “the evidence provided by the CD about manipulation of the judicial process and interference in the administration of justice”.
The letter also asks the CBI to file a report on the matter before the Supreme Court, which is already monitoring the case. The contents of the letter written by the commission to the police chiefs of Gujarat and Rajasthan were not available.
The move can open a Pandora’s box. Sources said the commission would be asked why it picked this case, which does not fall in the category of caste-related atrocity or discrimination, when thousands of such cases of oppression are reported from all over the country, particularly Congress-ruled Haryana.
Asked why was the commission pursuing this case, Das, the Congress spokesperson, said: “If some people from the community appeal to the commission, it cannot be ignored.”
Das linked the CD controversy to the letter written by suspended Gujarat police officer D.G. Vanzara, in jail for the past six years in connection with a string of fake encounter deaths.
“There is no other state where so many police officers are in jail. What was the government doing when these officers were committing illegalities? Shouldn’t the policy-makers be held responsible for the acts if Vanzara reveals the police did encounter killings under instructions from the top?”
In a letter, Vanzara said the state monitored the actions of police officers like him from very close quarters.
Das asserted that “there was a situation of anarchy in Gujarat” and “society should debate whether a person who committed such crimes be entertained in politics at all”.
Asking Modi to step down to ensure a “fair probe”, he said “justice is not possible until he is the chief minister.”
Asked if the Congress was forcefully raising the issue now because Lok Sabha elections were months away, Das said: “We have been discussing these issues for years but new evidence cannot be ignored.”