SC for relook at Gulberg society killings
The special investigation team's (SIT) report on the Gulberg Society massacre, which reportedly says there is no evidence to prosecute Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, has serious inconsistencies, the Supreme Court was told on Tuesday.delhi Updated: Mar 16, 2011 00:56 IST
The special investigation team's (SIT) report on the Gulberg Society massacre, which reportedly says there is no evidence to prosecute Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, has serious inconsistencies, the Supreme Court was told on Tuesday.
After going through senior advocate and amicus curiae (friend of the court) Raju Ramachandran's report on the SIT's findings, a three-judge bench told the probe panel's chief, RK Raghavan: "The amicus curiae has highlighted certain inconsistencies in your report, which need to be looked into. The amicus curiae has pointed out that your inferences don't match your conclusions."
Asking the SIT to look into Ramachandran's comments and respond by April 25, it urged the probe panel to "carry out further investigation in the case" if needed.
It fixed April 27 for the next hearing.
Forty people were killed in the society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002 during the post-Godhra communal riots. Among them was former Congress MP Ehsaan Jaffri, who was burnt alive.
His wife Zakia moved the SC accusing Modi — along with other top politicians, bureaucrats and police officers — of chosing to shield or instigate the mobs in the killings.
The CM was later questioned by the SC-appointed SIT, which was tasked with probing the role of 62 persons, including Modi, in the case.
The SIT questioned Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia and several police officers too.
The panel submitted its report to the court on April 27, 2010.
The report is understood to have indicted two senior Gujarat cadre police officials, DB Gondia and MK Tondon, and former state home minister Gordhan Zadaphia but found no evidence against Modi. Tondon is former additional director general of police and Gondia former inspector general of the state.