SC has restored people's faith: Sonia Gandhi

Updated on Apr 15, 2004 08:43 PM IST

Congress chief said the Supreme Court had restored the people's faith by ordering the retrial of a case of massacre in Vadodara.

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PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, Bhuj (gujarat)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Wednesday the Supreme Court had restored the people's faith by ordering the retrial of a case of massacre in Vadodara, in which 14 people were burnt alive in a bakery, during the 2002 sectarian violence in Gujarat.

"The earthquake (in Gujarat in 2001) was a natural calamity, whereas the riots were a manmade. We have been able to leave behind the memories of the quake, but memories of bloodshed are hard to wipe out," Gandhi said, referring to the communal carnage of 2002 that left over 1,000 deaths.

Gandhi was addressing an election meeting in this district headquarters of Kutch, which is 440 km from state capital Gandhinagar and had borne the brunt of the quake damage.

The Supreme Court Monday ordered a fresh investigation of what is known as the Best Bakery case and said its trial would be conducted in a Maharashtra court.

A fast track court had acquitted the 21 accused in the case after witnesses retracted their statements in court. The Gujarat High Court upheld this. The Supreme Court, while severely indicting the government of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, ordered the case be retried.

Gandhi said the coming general election was crucial for the future of India.

"This election is crucial for you to bring about a change in the future of India," Gandhi contended.

Attacking the government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Gandhi said: "The Bharatiya Janata Party has put the country on the brink of bankruptcy. The country will suffer more if the BJP continues in power.

"The Vajpayee government has lost control. There is no guarantee of social security. Unemployment and poverty have increased," she charged.

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