BJP, Javed Akhtar spar on Mecca Masjid acquittal
NEW DELHI: Javed Akhtar today slammed the National Investigation Agency over the acquittal of all accused in the Mecca Masjid case, which BJP leader GVL Narasimha Raocountered by asking the writer-lyricist if he had devised the term "Hindu terror".
Akhtar took to Twitter to ridicule the nation's premier anti-terror investigation agency following its failure to prove charges against the accused, including right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand, in the decade-old blast case.
"Mission accomplished! My congratulations to NIA for their grand success in Mecca Masjid case. Now they have all the time in the world to investigate inter-community marriages!" Akhtar tweeted Wednesday. The former Rajya Sabha MP was referring to the Hadiya case, where a Hindu woman's marriage to a Muslim man is under the NIA scanner for possible terror angle.
Taking exception to the Bollywood scriptwriter's jibe, BJP's Rao panned Akhtar for being a fan of Rahul Gandhi and asked whether he had coined the term "Hindu terror" on behalf of the Congress party.
"Javed Ji, wish you had the honesty to condemn Congress for 'Hindu Terror' formulation. Seems you are in awe of Rahul Gandhi for writing a fictional script like you have done so well in films. Or is 'Hindu Terror' also your brainwave as your reported idea of 'Maut Ka Saudagar?'" Rao said in a tweet.