New Delhi, July 7 : Jayant Sinha, Union minister of state for civil aviation, from Narendra Modi government has sparked a political storm in the country by his controversial action of honouring eight men who were convicted in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand.
This shocking case comes after the the Supreme Court ruled that mob lynching is a crime no matter what the motive is (Cow vigilantism or rumor of child abductor ) and termed it as a law and order issue thus putting the onus on the states to check cow vigilantism.
Sinha welcomed the eight convicted in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand with a garland after they were released on bail on Thursday.
Sinha’s action triggered a political storm in the state as the opposition launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led government of instigating communal tensions intentionally.
An IIT, Harvard Business School and McKinsey alumnus personally honours convicted murderers, out on bail shows the culture of BJP and the Modi government.
Leader of Opposition in Jharkhand, Hemant Soren, said, “This is truly despicable. @Harvard Your alumnus @jayantsinha felicitating the accused in cow related lynching death in India. Is this what @Harvard stands for?”
— Hemant Soren (@HemantSorenJMM) July 6, 2018
All the eight convicts were taken to the residence of the Union Minister where they were garlanded.
A mob in 2017, allegedly of more than 100 cow vigilantes, dragged Alimuddin alias Asgar Ali out of his car and lynched him to death in broad daylightin Ramgarh area of Hazaribagh ditrict , who was on his way back home after buying meat from a local market, on the suspicion that he was carrying beef.
A fast-track court in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district on March 21 this year sentenced 11 people, including one local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker, to life imprisonment for the gruesome lynching.
However, the life sentences handed to the eight men, including BJP functionary, was suspended by the high court.The court had convicted 11 people including BJP’s Nityanand Mahto under IPC Section 302 (murder). Apart from that, three of them were convicted under Section 120B (conspiracy) which indicated that it was a pre-arranged plan.
Sinha, who represents the Hazaribagh seat in Lok Sabha, had questioned the sentencing and had demanded a CBI inquiry..