Srinagar, May 29
Upping the ante at BJP-led NDA government over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment that UK courts have no business to ask about the condition of Indian jails, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said he can’t imagine this sort of comment strengthening India’s case.
“I can’t imagine this sort of comment strengthened India’s case – “our jails are no better than/just the same as they were under colonial rule 70+ years ago”. This is why we let lawyers argue these things,” Mr Abdullah, who is the working president of National Conference (NC), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Mr Abdullah was responding to PM Modi telling British PM Theresa May that UK courts have no business to ask about the condition of Indian jails, as these are the same prisons they had held Gandhi and Nehru in!
Prime Minister Modi during his recent meeting with Ms May said UK courts have no business questioning the condition of Indian prisons. The India PM and his British counterpart met along the sidelines of the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) summit in London in April.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday during a press conference said “Prime Minister Modi told the British Prime Minister that UK courts asking about the condition of Indian jails is not right, as these are the same prisons where they had jailed our leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.”