A fresh war of words erupted between the Congress and BJP on Thursday over the reported clean chit given by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT to Narendra Modi in the post-Godhra riots cases.
The Congress downplayed the clean chit and claimed that the high court had indicted Modi for inaction during the riots.
"One aspect is SIT report. The other is the observation of a division of the high court, which is a direct indictment of the Modi government. If there is contradiction...then that of the court has more weightage," Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.He also asked the media to be "much more careful" in approaching such issues and suggested foul play in the leak of the SIT report, saying it came out on the day the high court observation came.
The BJP, in turn, questioned the timing of the findings, coming in the middle of the UP polls.
"The submission at this time raises a lot of questions. And we are anxious if this is going to lead to any kind of unwarranted tension," party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She also asked how Congress leaders could comment on a report that lay sealed in court.
"Without seeing (the report), they are ready to comment on the functioning of the government. It shows their desperation to get to power in Gujarat..."
BJP leaders also felt the final report, in connection with the complaint filed against Modi by Zakia Jafri, the wife of Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri killed in the 2002 riots, was likely to bring more respite to the CM.
Senior leader Arun Jaitley said if media reports on SIT are true, then at least three investigations would prove nothing against Modi could be found, so the charges should be dropped.
The remarks drew angry response from union minister Ambika Soni. "I am surprised a political activist of that level is giving reaction on a report, which is still in a sealed envelope. The leader of opposition is saying everything is over after the SIT report and the matter should be closed."