Clean chit to Modi in 2002 riots premature: Rahul

Clean chit to Modi in 2002 riots premature: Rahul

Hitting out at Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi today demanded "legal accountability" for the "clear and inexcusable failure" of governance during the 2002 Gujarat riots and  dismissed talk of clean chit to him as "politically expedient" but "far too premature".

Contending that Modi was answerable on moral grounds, the Congress' chief campaigner said, "beyond that there should be a legal accountability for the clear and inexcusable failure of governance under him".

Gandhi was answering a question during an interview to PTI on BJP's contention that Modi had been given a clean chit by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT and the courts and, therefore, he had nothing to answer for or apologise for about the post-Godhra riots.

He replied, "As you know, the SIT report had been seriously questioned by a number of credible experts.  Grave flaws have been pointed out in the functioning of the SIT. The acceptance of the flawed SIT report by the lowest court has not yet been subjected to judicial scrutiny by higher courts.

"The specific allegation and evidence pointing to Mr Modi's responsibility in the 2002 riots are yet to be adequately probed.  Any talk of his having been given a clean chit may be politically expedient, but is far too premature. There are many unanswered questions.  There is a lot more the country needs to know," he said.

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