War of words between Congress, BJP over Yaqub hanging

New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijay Singh today said the credibility of government and judiciary was at stake after the “urgency” shown in Yakub Memon’s case while his party MP Shashi Tharoor questioned the efficacy of death sentence in serving as a deterrent.

Reacting sharply, BJP said such remarks were “irresponsible” and “unfortunate” as they seek to question the judicial process and demanded that the opposition party clear its stand on the issue.

After 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon was hanged in Nagpur jail this morning, Singh, in a series of tweets, said the government and judiciary should display the same “exemplary urgency and commitment” in all cases of terror irrespective of the religion of the accused.

“Yakub Memon hanged. Exemplary urgency and commitment has been shown by Govt and Judiciary in punishing an accused of Terror. I hope similar commitment of Govt and Judiciary would be shown in all cases of terror irrespective of their caste creed and religion,” he said.

“I have my doubts the way the cases of other Terror accused are being conducted. Let’s see. Credibility of the Govt and Judiciary is at stake,” Singh said. (PTI)