Jayant Sinha expresses 'regret' over garlanding lynching convicts

If by garlanding them an impression has gone out that I support such vigilantism then I express regret over it, Jayant Sinha said.

Published: 11th July 2018 06:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th July 2018 06:09 PM   |  A+A-

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha (File | Reuters)

By ANI

NEW DELHI: After drawing criticism from all quarters, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday expressed regret over his recent act of garlanding eight people convicted of lynching a man to death.

"I have said many times that the matter is still sub judice. It won't be fair to talk on this. Law will take its own course. We have always worked towards punishing the guilty and sparing the innocent. If by garlanding them (Ramgarh lynching case convicts) an impression has gone out that I support such vigilantism then I express regret over it," Jayant Sinha said here.

READ| Rahul Gandhi backs petition for recalling Jayant Sinha's Harvard alumni status

On July 6, a photograph went viral in which the minister could be seen felicitating eight convicts, who came out on bail, of lynching a meat trader in Jharkhand state last year.

Jayant Sinha's act received strong criticism not only from the Opposition but also from his father and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha.

"Earlier, I was the Nalayak Baap of a Layak Beta. Now the roles are reversed. That is twitter. I do not approve of my son's action. But I know even this will lead to further abuse. You can never win," Yashwant Sinha earlier tweeted.

On Tuesday a petition was also started on Change.org which demanded removal of Jayant Sinha's Harvard Business School alumni status.

The petition was also supported by Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Twitter.

"If the sight of a highly educated MP and Central Minister, Jayant Sinha, garlanding and honouring criminals convicted of lynching an innocent man, fills you with disgust, click on the link and support this petition," Rahul Gandhi tweeted alongside a link to the site. 

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  • pisasukutty

    this typical arrogant bjp guy would have never apologized but for his harvard alumni status in doldrums ..
    4 months ago reply
  • Kamal Pasha

    The convicts are members of BJP militant wing. They are encouraged to kill the citizen of minorities.
    4 months ago reply
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