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Karnataka govt takes U-turn on attempt towards minority appeasing

It refers to Karnataka government taking U-turn when it amended its earlier circular regarding taking back cases against Innocent Minorities to cover all innocent persons rather than only innocent minorities, but only when opposition BJP highlighted minority-appeasing policy of state-government for vote-bank politics in view of forthcoming assembly-elections.

Now Karnataka government is giving clarification that circular was based on recommendations of Rajender Sachchar committee. If it is so, why such a circular was issued now decades after Rajender Sachchar Committee presented its report. Secondly, the circular (earlier and modified) were not necessitated at all because no law can provide provision to harass innocent persons. Innocence can only be proved by any court-verdict. Any such circular can give undue power to the concerned to withdraw cases even against those actually involved in crimes, through power of influence or money. Systematic reform rather than circular was necessitated for early disposal of cases making really innocent persons acquitted.

Madhu Agrawal

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