Ahmedabad verdict result of a tainted process, questionable investigation: Popular Front

Popular Front of India Chairman, O M A Salam, has stated that the special court verdict in the Ahmedabad Bomb blast case is a result of a tainted process, questionable investigation and draconian laws.

Serious questions have been raised against the investigation and the proceedings of the case. Many spent 13 years before being found innocents and acquitted. One of the accused had not even visited Ahmedabad before being arrested and brought to the state.

Even people who were in the Middle-east and in prisons while the blasts happened were indicted. Sentencing 38 people to death so casually in such a tainted case certainly is not in the interest of justice. Ahmedabad Case verdict would cast a shadow over the fairness and impartiality of the court and create an impression that the court is biased against the religion of the accused.

There have been communal pogroms and terror attacks committed by Hindutva fascists that have taken thousands of lives. Not only did the culprits walk free but also many of them went on to hold top positions in the government.

The idea of capital punishment has to be abolished from democratic societies. In a country like India where there is a widespread accusation of politicization of the judiciary and misuse of laws against political opponents, there is a real danger of capital punishment being used as a political tool. Popular Front expresses the hope that the higher judiciary would strike down the verdict that makes a mockery of the judicial process.