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Godhra judgement does not justify Gujarat riots, says Moily

Source: PTI
March 01, 2011 16:25 IST
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Law Minister Veerappa Moily said the Gujarat court's judgement in the Godhra case does not justify the riots that followed the train burning incident.

"The judgement does not justify the riots that followed after (train burning) it," Moily told reporters outside Parliament.

Eleven convicts in the Godhra train burning case were today handed down death sentence while 20 others were given life imprisonment by a special court in the 2002 incident that left 59 karsevaks dead. The incident triggered riots which left over 1200 dead in Gujarat.

"How can you justify that... trial of those (riot) cases has to go on independently and culprits have to be punished," he said. Asked to

comment on BJP's statement that the order has laid to rest the theory that everything was instigated by the Narendra Modi government, Moily said, "I am not going to comment on that...there are differing reports of the commissions. The Nanavati Commission is yet to give a report. There are other reports like Justice Mukherjee report. I do not want to get into it." However, he said, "There is an appeal. We have to abide by that."

Welcoming the verdict, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Balbir Punj said, "This is a good judgement. The conspiracy to defame the Gujarat government was put to rest. The allegation that the bogey was put on fire by Karsevaks itself to engineer the riot was proved as false allegation."

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