Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has sought a special fast-track court for speedy and fair trial of all terrorism-related cases, including the Batla House encounter.
Singh has proposed this demand in his Azamgarh visit report that he would submit to Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday.
The move would come as a major relief for the families of the terror suspects. “It will be convenient for both prosecution and defendants,” he said.
Most terror suspects hail from Azamgarh and surrounding areas and 55 cases have been registered against them in Delhi, UP, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Singh and his team have prepared a summary of each case.
According to the proposal, all terrorism-related cases could be clubbed together and disposed off expeditiously by a special court.
Singh, who is party in-charge of UP, rubbished suggestions of vote-bank politics. “This should not be seen in the context of minority appeasement. If these educated boys form an opinion that they are not getting justice under the present system, there will be a problem,” he said.
“My visit was opposed by both communal Hindus and communal Muslims,” he added.
The Ulema Council activists had greeted Singh with black flags in Azamgarh. The Council had come into limelight when it brought a train of protesters from Azamgarh to Delhi last year to press for a fair probe into the Batla House encounter.
Singh requested the 25-30 families not to press for a judicial inquiry, as it was time-consuming and also that the high court and the Supreme Court had already rejected a public interest litigation in this regard.
Singh had come under attack from his party colleagues over his Azamgarh visit and his reported statement in which he expressed doubts over the probe conducted by the National Human Rights Commission into the Batla House encounter.
There were murmurs within the Congress that he had raked up a “dead issue” without taking the high command into confidence.