Indian Americans seek assurance from PM, Chief Justice on intimidation free CBI inquiry into Fake Encounter Killings
Indian Muslim Council-USA (IMC-USA – http://www.imc-usa.org ), an advocacy group dedicated toward safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos is calling on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Justice of the Indian Supreme Court S. H. Kapadia to monitor and ensure an intimidation free Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the fake encounter killings of Soharabuddin, his wife Kausarbi and his associate Prajapati at the hands of the Gujarat Police.
Lawsuits against the Gujarat police related to the fake encounter killings have already landed 15 senior police officials behind bars and the Supreme Court ordered CBI inquiry has the potential to indict several prominent politicians and ministers in the Narendra Modi administration. The Home Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Amit Shah, has reportedly gone into hiding fearing arrest by the CBI.
In order to subvert and discredit this CBI inquiry, a massive advertising campaign has been launched in the Gujarati media by unknown entities to defame the CBI and dub it with various defamatory labels.
In separate letters sent to India’s Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, IMC-USA President Rasheed Ahmed said, “The advertising campaign aims to create a political atmosphere where it would not be possible for the CBI to conduct a fair investigation. As such, this constitutes active interference in the judicial investigative process and may result in the subversion of justice.”
He added that “A sincere investigation by the CBI into these fake encounter cases has, for the first time, the potential to implicate many powerful politicians within Narendra Modi’s administration who have been involved in terrorizing minorities in the state of Gujarat.”
Mr. Rasheed Ahmed also called for strong action to be taken against the people behind the anonymous entities running the advertising campaign and dubbed it as a “tactic of subverting justice at the altar of manufactured public opinion”. He further added that “Without basic security and rule of law, no level of economic progress either lasts or earns the nation a global leadership status it may otherwise deserve.”
Indian Muslim Council-USA is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation. It is also a founding member of the Coalition Against Genocide, which successfully highlighted the complicity of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his administration in the 2002 genocide of Muslims. The campaign eventually led to the revocation of Modi’s visas by the US State Department.
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