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Modi not to skip SIT summon, say reports

Agencies  New Delhi, March 20, 2010
First Published: 10:23 IST(20/3/2010) | Last Updated: 10:41 IST(20/3/2010)

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will not to skip Special Investigation Team (SIT) summons, said media reports on Saturday. The SIT is investigating  Modi's alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat communal riots. The SIT had summoned Modi after Zakia Jaffri, widow of Congress MP Ehsan Jaffri, killed in the Gujarat riots, accused Modi and 61 others of orchestrating the riots.

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Zakia Jaffri in her petition has levelled serious charges against Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots, and has made out a case of conspiracy and abetment to commit multiple offences of murder.

The charges of conspiracy and abetment to commit multiple offences relate to sections (120 B, 114 r/w 302) of the Indian Penal Code, furnishing false information (177 IPC), false statement as evidence (199 IPC), giving false information about offences committed (203 IPC) and injuring and defiling place of worship (295 IPC), among others.

The major evidence she cited in support of her charges, about commission of offences were instruction of the then director general of police, the then chief secretary and other senior officials, to give vent to the Hindu anger on the minority Muslims in the wake of the Godhra incident, the meeting held on Feb 27, 2002, evening in Gandhinagar as testified in Affidavit No. 4 of R.B. Sreekumar, dated Oct 27, 2005.

The chief minister's decision to bring bodies of those killed in the Godhra train fire to Ahmedabad and parade them in the city, as testified by Ashok Narayan in his cross-examination by the Nanavati Commission, besides numerous instructions given verbally to officials as detailed in the third affidavit by RB Sreekumar to the Nanavati Commission dated April 9,2004.

This will be the first time Modi will meet any investigation agency probing the 2002 post-Godhra riots that killed 1,180 Muslims.

(With IANS input)

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