I Think We Should Leave it To Kamal Nath’s Seasoned Wisdom: Surjewala on Arrest For ‘Cow Slaughter’ Under NSA
“Need to see if an overreach made by police officers embedded by previous BJP regime,” he added.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Saturday, February 9, came out in defence of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath after five people were arrested under National Security Act (NSA) on charges of cow slaughter and illegal transportation of cattle.
Instead of criticising Kamal Nath for invoking the stringent law in such matters, Surjewala said, “I think we should leave it to Kamal Nath’s seasoned wisdom. He (Kamal Nath) is experienced and seasoned enough to see if any officer of the police has made any overreach at the instance of somebody who is previously embedded on behalf of the BJP regime.”
“Kamal Nathji is also competent enough to see whether the particular offence provides what kind of punishment under the law and I think we should leave it to his seasoned wisdom,” he told the media in Delhi.
Further, the Congress leader even underlined that Kamal Nath has suggested that the law would “take its own course” and the traditional party will not “unwarrantedly interfere” with the functioning of the Madhya Pradesh government.
“Kamal Nathji has categorically said the law will take its own course. Nobody who is innocent will be persecuted or punished in any manner and nobody who is guilty will be spared,” Surjewala said in the chief minister’s defence.
Meanwhile, former finance minister P Chidambaram reportedly slammed Kamal Nath for invoking NSA and called the move “wrong”. He even suggested that Congress president Rahul Gandhi also told the “concerned people” that it was wrong.
“The government has been told that was wrong. I think the Congress president has told the people concerned that was wrong… Use of NSA in Madhya Pradesh was wrong. That has been pointed out to the government in Madhya Pradesh. So if a mistake has been committed, that mistake has been pointed out by the leadership,” the senior Congress leader said while speaking at the release of his book, Undaunted — Saving The Idea of India in Delhi.
On February 7, authorities in Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh booked two men — Mehboob Khan, a resident of Lambikheda in Ujjain district, and Rodumal Malviya of Agar Malwa — under the NSA for alleged illegal transportation of cattle and disruption of public peace, a police official said on Friday, February 8.
A few days before this incident, three people — Nadeem, Shakeel and Azam — were first booked under the Madhya Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act and the police subsequently invoked the NSA against them in Khandwa district for alleged cow slaughter.
The newly elected Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has been severely criticised for mainly targetting men belonging to the minority community by rampantly levelling charged under NSA.
Watch: Surjewala’s Press Briefing along with Congress leader KC Venugopal.
(With PTI inputs.)