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Julio Ribeiro, 42 other former civil servants demand Jayant Sinha's sacking

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former Julio Ribeiro, former chief information and 41 other retired bureaucrats have demanded that be sacked for felicitating eight convicts in a case.

In a public statement, the former civil servants said the message Sinha's action sends out is that "there is a license to kill minorities" and people accused of such crimes will be "enthusiastically supported financially, legally and politically".

stoked controversy after he felicitated the convicts after they came out of prison on bail last week.

On June 29 last year, was beaten to death by a mob in Bazaar Tand area under station on suspicion that he was carrying beef in his car.

had expressed happiness over the release of the convicts after being granted bail by the recently, and garlanded and offered them sweets yesterday.

In the past, the former bureaucrats said, when there were protests against partisan support for such revolting actions, the central government "conveniently used the fig leaf" of constitutional separation of powers to argue that the locus standi lay with states, despite most of these states being ruled by the same party which was in power at the centre.

"Now that a has openly questioned a criminal case where his own party government in the state had, admirably in our opinion, prosecuted and brought to justice the accused, we would like to know what stand the proposes to take.

"We demand the immediate resignation/removal of Shri from the and an apology to the people of from the party he represents for brazenly sympathising with those convicted of murder," they said.

A fast-track court on March 21 sentenced the 11 convicts to life imprisonment.

Eight of the 11 convicts were granted bail by the on June 29 this year. Two are in and a juvenile is in a correction home.

Another convict secured bail on July 4.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 22:50 IST