Following the uproar after the incident, the BJP government ordered the police to probe the case quickly and it was transferred to a fast track court. All the eight men were arrested and convicted by a trial court in March this year, which awarded them life sentences. However, the sentences were suspended by the Jharkhand High Court last week.

Greeted with garlands

Following their release from the Hazaribagh jail on July 3, the men headed straight to Mr. Jayant Sinha’s residence where they were greeted with garlands. Mr. Sinha represents Hazaribagh in Parliament.

In a series of tweets, Mr Sinha said though he condemend “ all acts of violence”, he had misgivings about the trial of the men convicted by the fast-track court.

“I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence and reject any type of vigilantism. The rule of law is supreme in our constitutional democracy. ,” said Mr. Sinha.

He then said, “I have repeatedly expressed my misgivings about the Fast-Track Court judgment sentencing each accused to life imprisonment. I am pleased that the Hon’ble High Court will hear the matter as a statutory court of appeal to test the correctness of the Fast-Track Court order”.

“I have full faith in our judicial system and the rule of law. Unfortunately, irresponsible statements are being made about my actions when all that I am doing is honouring the due process of law. ,” he said.

‘Despicable act’

In his tweet on the issue, Leader of Opposition in Jharkhand Hemant Soren said, “This is despicable”. Jharkhand Congress president Ajoy Kumar said, “Any kind of support to such elements is deplorable…this is the true colour of the BJP…they just want to win elections, and for that their leaders can cross any limit.”

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