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I'll fund defence of arrested Jamia terrorists: Amar Singh

I'll fund defence of arrested Jamia terrorists: Amar Singh

Author: Pioneer News service
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: October 8, 2008

The students of Jamia Millia Islamia, who were arrested for their suspected involvement in Delhi serial blasts, have found a new saviour in Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh.

Offering to provide legal aid to the arrested students, Singh said his party could withdraw support to the UPA Government if the Jamia shootout turned out to be a case of fake encounter.

Addressing a Press conference here, the SP leader said he would speak to the Jamia Millia Islamia authorities to meet the legal expenses of the arrested students. Singh also disclosed that on his request, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani has agreed to take up the case of the two students.

Renewing his demand for a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter in which Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chandra Sharma was killed, Singh said that SP would reconsider its support to the Central Government, if the findings did not justify the police theory of encounter.

Singh said media has raised doubts about the Batla House encounter and the subsequent arrest of the students. "A judicial probe is necessary to clear all confusion," he said.

He regretted the rejection of aid given by his party by Inspector Sharma's family but questioned why the cop did not wear a bullet-proof jacket.

He said he announced cash aid for the family of the inspector because he considered as martyr anyone who died in uniform or anyone who had fallen to either police bullets or terrorists' bullets.

"Shoot them if they are terrorists. But if they are innocent, then they should be given justice," Singh told at a Press conference here adding "if a judicial probe says they are innocent, then we can think of withdrawing support to the UPA Government."

Singh again suggested that Home Minister Shivraj Patil should own moral responsibility for the Batla House encounter.

"Shivraj Patil should voluntarily resign in the name of morality and keeping in mind the honourable Congress tradition over decades," the SP leader said.

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