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'Campaigns were undertaken to frame Modi', says BJP

April 10, 2012 - New Delhi

With the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) giving a clean chit to Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 communal riots case, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said international and national campaigns were undertaken to frame the Gujarat Chief Minister.

Prasad claimed that probe couldn't take place on the basis of manufactured evidence.

"International campaign and also national campaign against Narendra Modi, to somehow frame in Gujarat riots, had become the only mission of certain people and certain organization, you know it very well. Investigations cannot be continued on the basis of manufactured evidence," he said.

Prasad further said the riots were unfortunate, and added that the accused and guilty must be prosecuted and punished according to the law of the land.

"Riots are unfortunate and those who are accused and guilty must be prosecuted and punished in accordance to the law. But riots cannot become a bogey to tar the image, with campaigns-national and international-against Narendra Modi," he added.

A court in Gujarat today confirmed a committee set up by the Supreme Court has not found any evidence against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi or 57 others in a case based on the 2002 communal riots filed against them by Zakia Jafri.

Zakia Jafri's husband, former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, was set on fire at Gulberg Society in 2002 while he was trying to protect his neighbours from a mob. Jafri had alleged that Modi was among 62 people who colluded to ensure that assistance did not reach those being attacked.

Meanwhile, Prasad countered the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) interim report, which claimed that BJP lawmaker Ajay Sancheti, a close aide of BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, was beneficiary of irregularity in the mines allocation in Chhattisgarh.

"The highest bidder was given (the contract). Every tender process was entirely transparent with an all-Indian advertisement. After that SMS Infrastructure, in which one of the directors is Ajay Sancheti, was given that tender. The tender was opened on 25-07-2008 and the tender was allotted to that company on 12th September, 2008," he said.

Prasad further said that Gadkari was being falsely implicated, as he was not the head of the BJP in 2008.

"In 2008, neither Nitin Gadkari was national chief of the BJP nor Ajay Sancheti was an MP This fact should be made very clear," he added.

A CAG report has pulled up the Chhattisgarh Government for gross irregularities in the allocation of a coal block in Sarguja district leading to a huge loss to the state's exchequer.

The report, tabled in the assembly on Monday, put the spotlight on BJP's Rajya Sabha member Ajay Sancheti, who is close to Gadkari.

Sancheti's firm SMS Infrastructure was allotted a coal block by Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) at a throwaway price. His firm was the only bidder for the block. The block was one of the two the Centre had allocated to CMDC in July 2007.

According to the CAG report, the scam caused the state a loss of over Rs.1, 000 crore.


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