BJP sees govt role in leaks of SIT report on post-Godhra riots

New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) BJP today said it "apprehendedand suspected" that the government "engineered" selectiveleaks of SIT report on post-Godhra riots to the media todivert attention from issues like price rise and corruptionand demanded a probe into the matter.

"Whenever SIT submits a report to the Supreme Court in asealed envelope, it has a certain sanctity. The Supreme Courtalways maintains the integrity of such reports... This is theproud tradition of the Supreme Court," BJP spokesperson RaviShankar Prasad said, hinting that the leaks to the media couldhave come from the government.

He mentioned the recent case where a list of Indiansholding bank accounts in tax havens abroad was given to theSupreme Court but the names were not leaked or revealed to themedia.

"We apprehend and suspect that elements in theGovernment of India may also have a role to play in it(leaks)," Prasad said.

He added that the government was facing oppositiononslaught on issues like price rise and corruption and mayhave "engineered" the leaks to divert attention from them.

"The SIT report was filed in the Supreme Court. Only theSIT and the two amicus curiae saw it. The Supreme Court is yetto consider the report and form an opinion on it. How was itleaked to the media?" Prasad sought to know.

He said the BJP trusts the "impeccable integrity of theSupreme Court in maintaining secrecy".

The principal opposition also insisted that while theGujarat government had the best record in convictions in ariot, the Congress has the worst record as shown in the 1984anti-Sikh riots.

"Riots are unfortunate but the record of Gujarat inconviction of those involved in riots is the highest in India.

700 people were convicted, 70 of whom were given sentencesfrom 10 years to life imprisonment," Prasad said.

Pointing a finger at the Congress, he asked with "whatface" the Congress could comment on Gujarat Chief MinisterNarendra Modi''s record.

"A party having the worst record in 1984 riots in whichit saved people like Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. RajivGandhi himself said that when a big tree falls, the earthshakes," Prasad said.

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