NEW DELHI: BJP on Thursday described as “moral victory” the Ahmedabad court’s rejection of the plea against SIT’s clean chit to Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots case, claiming that Congress was trying to trap the BJP leader in a criminal case as it could not fight him politically.

Leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said the allegations of Modi’s involvement in riots were “politically motivated” as Congress and its “friend NGOs” knew that they could not take on the Gujarat chief minister politically.

“Congress’s attempts to implicate Modi in three cases have failed,” he said, referring to 2002 riots cases besides fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin and Ishrat Jahan.

“The court’s verdict has established again that the truth holds together, flasehood falls apart …Allegations were levelled (against Modi) out of political malafide, but falsehood can never substitute itself for truth.” Jaitley said.

“I have no hesitation in saying that Congress and its friend NGOs knew that they cannot fight Modi politically in Gujarat. That is why they decided to target him using malicious publicity, CBI and judicial process … We consider the verdict a moral victory for Modi and our party,” he added.

He challenged Congress to compare the response of Modi government to 2002 riots with the way its government responded to 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Giving out figures, he said 1,04,088 people were arrested under preventive and punitive measures and as many as 4,272 cases were registered and verdict has been delivered in 1,168 cases.

“I want to ask Congress that how many people were arrested, how many cases registered, how many convicted … in 1984 riots,” he said adding truth always holds together and falsehood falls apart.

In a major relief to Modi, a metropolitan court in Ahmedabad rejected the petition filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of a former Congress MP, objecting to the Supreme Court-appointed SIT’s closure report absolving Modi of complicity in the conspiracy behind the 2002 carnage which left over 1,000 people dead, mostly Muslims.

source: times of india