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Congress backs high court nod to SIT to question Modi

The Congress on Friday supported a Gujarat High Court decision to allow the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to question Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Godhra riots case.

delhi Updated: Jul 24, 2009 19:27 IST

The Congress on Friday supported a Gujarat High Court decision to allow the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to question Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Godhra riots case.

"Judicial process must work itself out. It must remember that unprecedented things happened in Gujarat and, therefore, unprecedented steps are required," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

Singhvi said the whole country is watching the SIT and hoping that it will fulfil its duties.

The high court Friday dismissed a petition seeking a stay on a probe by a Supreme Court-appointed panel against Modi and his cabinet colleagues for their alleged role in the 2002 communal violence in the state.

The violence started after a sleeper coach of the Sabarmati Express was set on fire in Godhra, about 140 km from Ahmedabad, Feb 27, 2002, killing 59 people.

The subsequent sectarian violence across the state killed 1,169 people, most of them Muslims.

Rights organisations have accused the Modi government of bias in handling the situation.

The SIT was formed to investigate select cases of large-scale massacres.