A day after facing major flak or garlanding people convicted for lynching a man in Jharkhand, Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Saturday came under fire from his father Yashwant Sinha. The former BJP leader and Union minister said that he did not approve of his son's action.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote;"Earlier I was the nalayak baap (unworthy father) of a layak beta (worthy son). Now the roles are reversed. This is twitter. I do not approve of my son's action. But I know even this will lead to further abuse. You can never win ."
Earlier I was the Nalayak Baap of a Layak Beta. Now the roles are reversed. That is twitter. I do not approve of my son's action. But I know even this will lead to further abuse. You can never win.— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) July 7, 2018
Opposition parties today slammed Jayant Sinha for felicitating Ramgarh lynching convicts after they were released on bail. Condemning Sinha's action, the Congress party slammed the BJP and accused it of fanning communal tension.
"It is only in 'New India', where those who are supposed to get the noose are instead garlanded", Congress said in a tweet.
It is only in 'New India', where those who are supposed to get the noose are instead being garlanded. pic.twitter.com/GoZ2RoBKMn— Congress (@INCIndia) July 7, 2018
CPM general secretary Sitharam Yechury also attacked the BJP for 'tearing India's social fabric' and promoting 'politics of hate'.
Earlier on Friday, Jayant Sinha had welcomed the eight men convicted in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand after they were released on bail on Thursday.
The controversy erupted after photographs surfaced showing the minister welcoming them at his residence.
Meanwhile, Sinha in a series of tweets defended his actions and said that irresponsible statements were being made about his actions since he was "honoring due process of law."
"I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence and reject any type of vigilantism. The rule of law is supreme in our constitutional democracy. Any unlawful acts, particularly those that violate the rights of any citizen, should be punished with the full force of the law," Sinha said in his first tweet.
"In the Ramgarh case, the Hon'ble Ranchi High Court, which is the first court of appeal, has suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail while admitting their case. The case will once again be re-heard," his second tweet read.
In his third and fourth tweet, the minister said, "I have repeatedly expressed my misgivings about the Fast-Track Court judgment sentencing each accused to life imprisonment. I am pleased that the Hon'ble High Court will hear the matter as a statutory court of appeal to test the correctness of the Fast-Track Court order."
"I have full faith in our judicial system and the rule of law. Unfortunately, irresponsible statements are being made about my actions when all that I am doing is honoring the due process of law. Those that are innocent will be spared and the guilty will be appropriately punished."
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