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Jayant Sinha 'sorry' for felicitating convicts of Ramgarh lynching case

File photo of Jayant Sinha. Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 11, 2018, 03.59 PM (IST)

Expressing regret over facilitating convicts of Ramgarh lynching case, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said on Wednesday that "If by garlanding those men (Ramgarh lynching case convicts) an impression has gone out that I support such vigilantism then I express regret".

He further said that guilty in the case would be punished after an investigation.

He responded to the opposition attacks over the incident by saying, "I have earlier also said that law will take its own course. Guilty will be punished and innocent will be spared. If by garlanding those men (Ramgarh lynching case convicts) an impression has gone out that I support such vigilantism then I express regret".

On July 6, a picture went viral in which Sinha was seen felicitating eight convicts, who came out on bail, of lynching a meat trader in Jharkhand state last year.

The picture created a political furore with the opposition mounting attack on Sinha's Bharatiya Janata Party.

A former student of Harvard on Wednesday urged his university to withdraw the Harvard alumni status of Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, for felicitating the convicts of lynching a man to death.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi supported the petition against Sinha.

Jayant Sinha earlier responded to the attacks by saying that he was "honouring the due process of law".

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