Riot panel exceeding brief, Gujarat govt tells SC
The Gujarat government on Thursday alleged that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court to probe the post-Godhra riot cases was exceeding its mandate and working in a prejudicial manner in examining the role of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.delhi Updated: Jul 31, 2009 01:17 IST
The Gujarat government on Thursday alleged that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court to probe the post-Godhra riot cases was exceeding its mandate and working in a prejudicial manner in examining the role of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
“What SIT is doing is not allowed or sanctioned by this court. It is going much beyond its jurisdiction and order of this court,” senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi told a bench headed by Justice DK Jain on behalf of the Gujarat government.
Rohatgi said appeals were going to be filed against the Gujarat High Court order, which dismissed a petition challenging the inquiry by the SIT against Modi and others.
The allegations came when the bench was considering the report of the SIT.
The committee wanted extension of 5 months to complete its probe into the alleged role of Modi, his cabinet colleagues and police officials in aiding and abetting killings during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
Rohatgi opposed it saying, “Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) are going to be filed. Please don’t extend the time till you (bench) hear SLPs. SIT is working in a prejudicial manner.”
However, extending the time till December 31, the bench asked the SIT to file its report relating to complaint against Modi and others.
Bench said that granting more time to the SIT would not cause prejudice. “We are unable to appreciate what prejudice will be caused to you. They are doing their job according to the order passed by this court.”
The court had on April 27 asked the SIT to complete the probe within three months on a complaint made by Jakia Nasim Ahesan, wife of slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, accusing Modi and 62 others of aiding and abetting the persons involved in the killings during the 2002 riots that followed the Godhra train carnage.