Responding to the furore after he welcomed eight men, convicted for lynching a meat trader in Jharkhand, with garlands, Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Saturday said he was “honouring the due process of law.”

The Minister’s actions have set off a social media storm.

His father, former BJP leader and Union Minister Yashwant Sinha said he did not approve of his son’s action while the Opposition Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress condemned the incident.

Mr. Sinha had garlanded the eight men, including local BJP leader Nityanand Mahto, on Tuesday when they reached his residence at Hazaribagh after getting bail from the Jharkhand High Court, which set aside their sentences.

The eight men have been convicted for killing meat trader Alimuddin Ansari in the name of cow vigilantism in Ramgarh district on June 30, 2017.

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