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'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.

'We Have To Ensure A Fair Trial, That's The Least People Expect'
Jitender Gupta
'We Have To Ensure A Fair Trial, That's The Least People Expect'
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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 fair trial is being carried out. This is the bare minimum that the people expect us to do.

Do you think the guilty will be punished?
When ghastly killings take place in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, who taught us and the world non-violence and passive resistance, it raises pertinent questions and takes on a new dimension. All that has happened has reversed Gandhi’s philosophy—human beings were treated as guinea pigs. Look at it from the humanitarian angle. The modern day Neros who perpetrated this violence have to be found out and punished.

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