Petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily on Friday said Congress would not protect anybody and the law would take its own course on senior party leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
"Our heart goes out to the victims. We are not here to protect anybody. The law will take its own course," Moily told reporters here, while noting that the Congress leadership had owned up "moral responsibility" as far back as in 1985-86 itself on the anti-Sikh riots issue.
Moily, however, said the allegation against Tytler was not "as serious" as against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who had not taken a single step "to come clean" on the 2002 riots in Gujarat.
Tytler had suffered a setback when a 29-year-old anti-Sikh riots case came back to haunt him with a Delhi court setting aside CBI's closure report giving him a clean chit and ordering reopening of probe into the killing of three persons.
In its order on Wednesday, the court had also faulted CBI for not examining the available witnesses.