Soni Razdan Sparks Controversy, Calls Afzal Guru a “Scapegoat”

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Mukesh Bhatt’s wife and veteran actress Soni Razdan sparked controversy after questioning the conviction of Afzal Guru for his role in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack. Razdan alleged that Afzal Guru was made a scapegoat, which she later clarified.

This is a travesty of justice. Who is going to bring back a man from the dead if he is innocent? This is why the death penalty is not to be used lightly. And this is why there also needs to be a solid inquiry into why Afzal Guru was made the scapegoat,” Soni Razdan tweeted on Tuesday.

Razdan’s tweet kicked up a row on social media. She clarified that she didn’t mean Afzal was innocent, but that allegations against DSP Davinder Singh should have been taken seriously by the investigating agencies.

 “No one is saying he is innocent. But if he was tortured and then ordered by his torturer to do what he did isn’t that what needed to be fully investigated? Why did no one take his allegations about Devinder Singh seriously? That’s the travesty,” Razdan said in her clarification.

In a letter written to his lawyer Sushil Kumar in 2004, Afzal Guru stated that he was tortured by police personnel and DSP Davinder (then posted with J&K Police’s Special Operations Group at Humhama) involved me into facilitating accommodation and vehicle for Mohammad in Delhi.

Afzal Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013, for his involvement in the 2001 Parliament attack.

Davinder Singh was caught with two Hizbul Mujahideen militants in a car in Qazigund of South Kashmir on January 11. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating the case, and J&K Police has stated that it is open to a probe into Singh’s involvement in planning the 2001 Parliament attack.

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