Jayant Sinha expresses 'regret' over garlanding lynching convictsJuly 11, 2018 18:28
After drawing criticism from all quarters, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha today 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 in New Delhi.
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. -- ANI