"If BJP wants to stand with those who have been accused by the CBI in a Gujarat High Court monitored process that they were accused or complicit in the fake encounter,... they can go and stand with them in a Court of Law".

"There is nothing which stops BJP from doing that. We are not a banana Republic, we are a country based on the rule of law and the rule of law does not permit fake encounters", party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.

He was responding to a question about the BJP attack on Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the wake of Headley's statement that Ishrat Jahan was an LeT operative.

Tewari said there are two separate and distinct issues which are involved - the first is whether Ishrat Jahan and her accomplices were LeT operatives or not.

"In the light of David Headley's statement, if the Government wants to investigate the matter further with regard to their credentials, there is absolutely nothing which is stopping the Government," he said.

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