MANGALORE : Former High Court judge Justice MF Saldanha has demanded that the
government immediately withdrew the cases registered against innocent Christians in the
aftermath of the 2008 church attacks, on charges of resorting to violence.
Speaking to reporters in the city, Justice Saldanha said a total of 970 false cases have been filed
in the 2008 incident and that most of the victims were students and labourers.? We have already
prepared a comprehensive report on the incident and have distributed lakhs of copies of the
same, Justice Saldanha said. Even the US President Barrack Obama who has received a copy of
the report has reacted sharply, he said had demanded the the cases be immediately withdrawn.
When scribes wanted to know why the Mangalore church attacks were made international news,
Justice Saldana said ? What were destroyed in the raid were not just idols of clay, but it was an
attack on a belief. There was a need to expose this incident to the outside word.?
On the disparities in the process of delivering justice, Justice Saldanha said ?As per statistics,
in a haste to grant bail to the influential, bail is denied to 70 per cent of people everyday. The
scenario is such that the law has failed to punish the ?special category? people.?
PB D?Sa of PUCL said the report on the violence on the pretext of attack against conversions,
would shortly be available in Kannada.
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