NEW DELHI: Over 50 military veterans have demanded the immediate removal or resignation of Minister of State of Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha for felicitating a group of convicts held guilty by a fast track court for the lynching of a meat trader Alimuddin in Ramgarh. Describing this as a “cynical political move” by the Minister the statement points out that this in pattern with numerous recent incidents involving members of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The veterans have urged their colleagues in the judiciary and the civil services to firmly uphold the law and not be intimidated by “powerful and influential groups and seeking to spread the poison of disharmony and enmity.” This statement follows a similar condemnation and demand for Sinha’s resignation by civil servants two days ago.

The full text of the strong statement condemning the action of the Minister reads: