Riot: Subramanian Swamy gets brahmastra against Chidambaram
The court allowed the Janata Party chief to make the Home Minister a co-accused in the mass killing case. During verbal argument, Swamy urged the court to allow him to move the application adding some unnamed co-accused under Section 319 Code of Criminal Procedure. According to 319 Code of Criminal Procedure, one gets the power to proceed against other persons appearing to be guilty of an offence.
Making Swamy happy, the court accepted his application and announced that it will hear the case again on Aug 7. Revealing more information regarding the riot case, Swamy also claimed that he will move an application seeking prosecution of Chidambaram in the case.
Hashimpura massacre took place on May 22, 1987 during the Hindu-Muslim riots in Meerut city in Uttar Pradesh when 19 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) allegedly rounded up 42 Muslim youth from the Hashimpura mohalla (locality) in Meerut, took them in truck to the outskirts, near Murad Nagar in Ghaziabad district, where they were shot and their bodies were dumped in water canals.
A few days later dead bodies were found floating in the canals. In May 2000, 16 of the 19 accused surrendered and were later released on bail, while 3 were already dead. The trial of the case was transferred by the Supreme Court of India in 2002 from Ghaziabad to a sessions Court at the Tis Hazari complex in Delhi where it is the oldest pending case.
Congress was dethrone from power in the state following the massacre. According to Swamy, Chidambaram visited the area just before the massacre. Chidambaram was the then Union Minister of state for Internal Security in the Home Ministry.