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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Prajapati case:Cong demands Modi's resignation

PTI  New Delhi, September 03, 2013
First Published: 14:27 IST(3/9/2013) | Last Updated: 15:57 IST(3/9/2013)

Congress on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Narendra Modi in the wake of a sting operation claiming to "expose" a plan by senior BJP leaders to save the Gujarat chief minister's key aide Amit Shah in Tulsi Prajapati fake encounter case.

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At a time when there is talk about Modi's projection also as a backward face of BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls, the Congress said that attempt is being made to cover up the killing of Tulsiram Prajapati, a backward community person, in an alleged fake encounter by those who do politics in the name of the OBC.

"The facts, which have been shown in the CD are very serious and important. This is an attempt to influence the judicial process. The matter should be investigated by the CBI and till the probe is over, Modi should not remain in office.He should resign."

"How can he remain Chief Minister when such allegations have come out," AICC Communication Department Chairman Ajay Maken told reporters here at a special briefing.

The Congress briefing came a day after a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court against BJP MPs Prakash Javdekar and Bhupendra Singh Yadav alleging that they tried to impede investigation in Prajapati fake encounter case in which former Gujarat Home Minister Shah is the main accused  

Sharing the dais with Maken at the briefing was party MP P L Puniya, also the Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes.

Puniya said that since it was his mandate to look into the issues concerning backward castes, he took up the matter when people from the most backward Prajapati community came to him with the CD complaining of an attempt by BJP leaders to influence investigation and judicial process in the case.

"The people from the Prajapati community, who came to me were quite angry that on the one hand, a member belonging to their community was killed and now efforts are being made to influence the process of investigation and the proceedings in the court. Prajapatis are most most backward castes.

"We will take action into the matter and send a copy of the CD to CBI. I would ask the agency to bring it to the notice of the Supreme Court," Punia said.


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