Sanjay Dutt case has led to a fratricidal battle in the legal community and showed up once again the differences within the Congress party on the issue.
On Tuesday, former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee disputed Union Minister Kapil Sibal’s allegations that he had remained silent on the Godhra riots, the Gujarat government’s role in it or on the delay in implementing the Srikrishna report on the Mumbai riots. He said he has often spoken in public on these issues.
It all began when Sorabjee criticised Sibal for supporting Dutt and said that the minister’s comments should not send a signal of a "celebrity justice delivery system." Sibal retaliated on Tuesday by wondering why the Sorabjee was silent on the Srikrishna report on the Mumbai riots or on the Gujarat riots or when the Ayodhya trials were on.
"He chose to keep quiet then. Was LK Advani not a celebrity? I wish his inner voice had come out then," the minister said, adding that when he said that the Congress should stand up for Dutt he was speaking in his personal capacity and without going into the merits of the case. He added that justice has to be done by the court.
But when asked about Sibal’s reiteration that the Congress should stand by Dutt in his hour of crisis, AICC spokesman Abhishek Singhvi shot back, "We may be concerned or saddened. But any political party cannot do anything in such a case where the law has to take its own course," he said.