Amar Singh threatens to withdraw support to Centre
Threatening withdrawal of support to the Centre, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Tuesday kept up his campaign questioning the genuineness of the Jamia Nagar encounter in Delhi and offered legal aid to students arrested in this connection on terror charges.

He also regretted the rejection of aid given by his party by the family of slain Delhi police inspector killed in the encounter.

Raising questions over the encounter, Singh asked at a press conference why inspector Sharma did not not wear a bullet-proof jacket. "They had gone for searches and had not not planned an encounter."

He said he announced cash aid for the family of the inspector because he considered as martyr anyone who died in uniform or anyone who had fallen to either police bullets or terrorists' bullets.

"Shoot them if they are terrorists. But if they are innocent, then they should be given justice," Singh told a press conference here adding "if a judicial probe says they are innocent, then we can think of withdrawing support to the UPA government."

Singh favoured the resignation of Home Minister Shivraj Patil owning moral responsibility for the Batla House encounter in Delhi in which two alleged terrorists were killed and the police inspector lost his life.

"Shivraj Patil should voluntarily resign in the name of morality and keeping in mind the honourable Congress tradition over decades," the SP leader said.

Singh said he would bear the legal expenses of the two students arrested on terror charges after the encounter after speaking to authorities of the Jamia Milia University.

He has talked to senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who he said has agreed to take up the case of the two students following his request.

Renewing his demand for a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter in which Inspector Sharma was killed, Singh said that SP would reconsider its support to the Central government, if the findings were incriminating.

Citing media reports, Singh said doubts have been raised about the Batla House encounter and the subsequent arrest of the students. "A judicial probe is necessary to clear all confusions," he said.

He said his statement did not mean he supported terrorists but at the same time innocents should not be harassed.