New Delhi: With the Supreme Court rejecting petitions seeking probe into judge B.H. Loya’s death saying the pleas to investigate the judge’s death was “bereft of any truth”, the BJP on Thursday alleged that the “invisible hand” behind the pleas was of Congress president Rahul Gandhi which was “part of a conspiracy to finish the political career” of its chief Amit Shah.
Hitting back, the Congress said the allegations against its chief were a “malicious attempt” which showed the ruling party’s “jitteriness.”
Demanding an apology from Mr Gandhi for his party’s attempt to use the judiciary for a political battle aimed at “character assassination” of Mr Shah, the BJP said the judiciary has sent a message that it cannot be misled by allegations based on political vendetta.
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress and its chief conspired to target the BJP president as it believes that only one family had a right to rule the country.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh said several attempts have been made to target top BJP leaders through ‘fake news’. Tweeting on the issue, Mr Singh said the apex court has also cautioned against the misuse of courts in political tug of war.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the public interest litigations (PILs) seeking a probe into Mr Loya’s death were like “political interest litigations”. Alleging that the “invisible hand” behind these petitions was of Mr Gandhi and the Congress, Dr Patra said the Congress chief should be “ashamed” for what he described as a conspiracy to target Mr Shah, the judiciary and the country’s democracy.
Another Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the apex court’s order has exposed the criminal conspiracy of the Congress and its “freelance friends”.
The Congress, however, dismissed the allegations and instead raised questions over the apex court’s verdict saying it was a “sad letter day” in the country’s history and pitched for a fair probe into the matter.
Reacting to the issue, Mr. Gandhi tweeted, “Indians are deeply intelligent. Most Indians, including those in the BJP, instinctively understand the truth about Mr. Amit Shah. The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him.”
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said “it is a sad letter day in India’s history. The suspicious circumstances in which Mr Loya died were a matter of deep concern for those who have faith in the judiciary.”...