In the wake of reports that the Gujarat government has contradicted its senior counsel on destruction of records on 2002 communal riots, Congress on Sunday termed it as a "somersault" and accused the Narendra Modi government of "lying" to the people.
"This is a classic slip done slop then again a slip by Gujarat government which is doing somersault because it has much to hide. A very senior counsel on behalf of the state government said that records are destroyed in usual course," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.
He was responding to a media report that the Gujarat government has contradicted its senior counsel's stated submission before a court regarding destruction of crucial records relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Singhvi said no one explained how records could be destroyed when more than five proceedings, including Supreme Court proceedings, are going on.
"The state government does not disown the counsel or refute his stand. Now suddenly the state government says the records are not destroyed. Either they were lying then or they are lying now," he said.
"And the most important if the records are not destroyed the nation would like to see them where they are and whether they (are part of) legal judicial proceedings?" Abishek Singhvi asked.