Gujarat HC verdict: Cong defends Lalu Yadav

The Cong rejects Opposition demand for Railway Minister Lalu's resignation, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 22:40 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress on Friday rejected the Opposition's demand for Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav's resignation in the wake of the Gujarat High Court describing as 'illegal' the setting up of the UC Bannerjee committee to probe certain aspects of the Godhra train carnage.

It also spoke of the possibility of an appeal being filed against the court verdict.

"This is a judgement liable to be appealed," said spokesman Abhishek Singhvi.

Pointing out that the High Court's verdict was not the end of the legal or judicial mechanism process, he added, "There is an inbuilt mechanism for correction and that corrective mechanism would be invoked and activated within a reasonable time."

He denied suggestions that the UPA was put in a spot by the Railway Minister who is facing demands for resignation following the court verdict.

"It has become commonplace to make such demands even without reading the judgement," said Singhvi.

The Bannerjee committee, which was set up by the Union Cabinet in September 2004, had held that the fire of the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was an accident and not part of a conspiracy.

First Published: Oct 13, 2006 22:33 IST