Hingoli (Maharashtra): In a no-hold-barred attack on the government, Hyderabad MP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi while addressing a rally in Hingoli Sunday invoked Saudi Arabia's Highest Civilian Award conferred on Prime Minister Modi to target the NIA turn-around in the Malegaon blast case.
Questioning the double standard of the government vis-a-vis its handling of terror related cases, Asaduddin Owaisi asked if cases against hundreds of Muslims who are languishing in country's jail will also be revived.
"There are hundreds of Muslims who have been jailed during the Congress tenure. Some are in prison since more than seven and eight years. Will this government will also see if evidences against them are true?" Owaisi asked.
"Is this becuase Sadhvi Pragya a Thakur that no evidence is found against her?" he asked.
"What kind of justice is this Mr Prime Minister? You have been conferred the highest civilian award in Saudi Arabia, and you are doing this (injustice)?" he said.
Questioning the NIA's stand that the motor cycle belonged to Sadhvi, but it was not in her possession and was used by her freinds, Owaisi asked why the same parameter is not applied against the 1992 blast accused.
"A woman has been convicted in the 1992 Mumbai blast case merely because the Maruti Suzuki car used in the blasts was in her name. She should also be set free if the NIA stand on Sadhvi has any merit" Owaisi said.
Prime Minister Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour, the King Abdulaziz Sash, on April 03, 2016 while he was on an official visit of the Muslim Kingdom.
Saudi's decision to confer the award on Modi was point of debate in the Urdu media and social media platforms. While some questioned Saudi decision in the wake of Modi's past when he was denied visa by many countries, a majority welcomed the move. They argued that Saudi Arabia is not ignorant of Modi's past but by coferring on him the award the Kingdom set an example.
Interestingly, Asaduddin Owaisi himself has a huge following in Saudi Arabia. The AIMIM leader regularly visits the Kingdom where he is accorded warm welcome by the expats.