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Amar Singh calls for judicial probe

india Updated: Oct 07, 2008 16:09 IST

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Calling for Home Minister Shivraj Patil's resignation in the "name of morality", Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh said on Tuesday that there must be a judicial probe into the shootout in Delhi's Jamia Nagar in which two alleged terrorists and a police officer were killed.

"Shivraj Patil should voluntarily step down in the name of morality and in the wake of the great Congress tradition over the decades," the Samajwadi Party general secretary told reporters.

He said a judicial probe into the Sep 19 shootout -- that police said had led to the unravelling of the terror conspiracy behind the Sep 13 serial bombings in the capital -- was necessary "to end the apprehensions in the minds of the minorities".

Amar Singh said noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani had at his behest agreed to take up the brief for students of the Jamia Milia University near Jamia Nagar who had been arrested.

"He has agreed to take up the case," Amar Singh said, adding that he would offer financial help to the accused to fight their case. "Shoot them if they are terrorists, but just do not jump to conclusions," he cautioned.