Union minister Jayant Sinha expresses conditional regret

Union minister  Jayant Sinha expresses conditional regret

Union Minister Jayant Sinha recently caused an outrage when he garlanded eight convicts in Ramgarh lynching case.  The convicts, who belong to random Hindu fringe groups, are out on bail.  

After demands for his resignation, Sinha today sounded somewhat apologetic.  "I have earlier also said that law will take its own course. Guilty will be punished and innocent will be spared. If by garlanding those men (Ramgarh lynching case convicts) an impression has gone out that I support such vigilantism then I express regret," he noted.

This statement comes days after Sinha defended himself.  "I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence and reject any type of vigilantism. The rule of law is supreme in our constitutional democracy. Any unlawful acts, particularly those that violate the rights of any citizen, should be punished with the full force of the law.  In the Ramgarh case, the Hon'ble Ranchi High Court, which is the first court of appeal, has suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail while admitting their case. The case will once again be re-heard," he had tweeted.