Finance minister Arun Jaitley attacked the Gandhi family Monday for protecting Congress leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying that the Congress and Gandhi family legacy will continue to pay for the sins of the 1984 riots.
He also accused Congress of denying justice to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and shielding the guilty, saying that NDA government restored fairness and accountability.
“Sajjan Kumar’s conviction by the Delhi High Court is a delayed vindication of Justice. The Congress and the Gandhi family legacy will continue to pay for the sins of 1984 riots,” Jaitley said.
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The irony is that this judgment has come on a day when the Congress is swearing in a politician, who the Sikh community believes to be equally guilty, as a chief minister,” Jaitley told ANI in reference to Kamal Nath who has been selected to be the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.
Kamal Nath, who took oath as chief minister of the central Indian state on Monday, has always denied any role in the riots against Sikhs following the assassination of Indira Gandhi in October 1984.
“Justice for the victims of 1984 was buried by the Congress – the NDA restored fairness and accountability,” satiated Jaitley.
Leaders from the Aam Aadmi Party, the BJP and the Punjab Congress Committee have also welcomed the conviction.
“Yes, justice has been delayed but delivered finally. Nobody is above law and anyone who is involved in such a heinous crime should be brought to justice,” Punjab Congress chief Sunil Kumar Jakhar told reporters outside Parliament.
Sajjan Kumar was sentenced to spend the remainder of his life in the national capital’s Tihar jail by the Delhi High Court, which convicted him for involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
The riots, in which thousands of Sikhs were killed, broke out after the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.