Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding action against Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s advisory on releasing “minority youth” detained wrongfully.
Modi, BJP’s PM candidate, who is very popular and active on social networking website twitter, today wrote: “Home Minister’s suggestion marks an unprecedented low for our country. PM should intervene & take necessary action.”
Referring to the Home Minister’s letter to chief ministers to review cases of terrorism against “members of minority communities,” Modi wrote, “A crime is a crime irrespective of birth marks of the criminal. Religious beliefs can’t determine guilt or innocence.”
“Wrote letter to Prime Minister on the Home Minister’s repeated statements on wrongful arrests of youngsters from particular communities. A crime is a crime irrespective of birth marks of the criminal. Religious beliefs can’t determine guilt or innocence,” the Gujarat Chief Minister posted on his twitter account.
Heaping praise on the judicial system, the BJP leader said, “Thankfully, our criminal justice system has never taken into account faith or religion of an accused.”
Modi accused the Congress-led government of playing votebank politics over security issues.
In a letter that has generated a political controversy, Shinde last week asked all state chief ministers to be “careful” while arresting minorities.
The Home Minister wrote to state chief ministers on detention procedures, asking them to form a panel to review cases of people jailed without trial. “Release minority youths if they are illegally detained,” Shinde wrote.