Ramsethu affidavit a punishable offence under IPC : BJP

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New Delhi, Sept 17 (UNI) Maintaining that the Centre's affidavit on Ramsethu in the Supreme Court was not an inadvertent action but a deliberate effort to negate the existence of Lord Ram, the BJP today said the ruling alliance had committed an offence under Section 295 (a) of the Indian Penal Code.

BJP Spokesman and former Union Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad said the BJP had sought apologies from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for hurting the religious sentiments of crores of Hindu believers and there has been no response from them. Since the affidavit has hurt the religious sentiments under the IPC, the offenders, upon conviction, can be imprisoned for three years, he added.

He said there was an ''internal warfare'' within the UPA with the ministers involved in ''competitive blame game'' for the lapse.

The law officer of the Government of India has talked of ''team work'' and it was time to identity and fix responsibility in the decision making process and ascertain if the fax paus occurred at the ministerial levels in the Culture or Law Ministries.

To a question about clearance of the Sethusamudram Project during the NDA regime, the BJP spokesman said there was no proposal to breach the Ram Sethu as is being done. There are six alternative alignments and a decision can be taken without exposing the coasts to the dangers of tsunami, environmental impacts and without hurting the spiritual sentiments.

Rejecting the derogatory statement of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Lord Ram as ''unfortunate'', Mr Prasad said the BJP regards the mytholgical character as an Hindu icon.

''We ask him if he would say the same against Gods and icons of other faith or religions. We know he will never do it. This only offer insights into hypocritical nature of pseudo-secular polity of the country'', he remarked.

Answering a question on the conduct of the senior officials in handling the lynching of ten robbers by a 300 strong mob in Vaishali district of Bihar, Mr Prasad said the Chief Minister had acted promptly and kept the senior officials under suspension. It was an unfortunate instance of ''mob justice'' and the administration had registered an FIR against the unnamed culprits. ''The Chief Minister had taken an instant action and the CID was probing the instance. One can't find fault with him'', he added.

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