SC notice to Gujarat on summon to Modi
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Gujarat Government and Nanavati Commission on a petition seeking a direction to the latter to summon Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 riots.delhi Updated: Mar 19, 2012 22:51 IST
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Gujarat Government and Nanavati Commission on a petition seeking a direction to the latter to summon Chief Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 riots.
Acting on a petition filed by NGO Jan Sangarsh Manch (JSM), a bench of Justices DK Jain and AK Dave directed the respondents to file their response within four weeks.
Modi has already been questioned by a SC-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) for his role in the one of the 2002 riots cases wherein Congress MP Ehsaan Jafri was killed during the violence.
The SIT has reportedly given a final report to the trial court saying there isn't enough prosecutable evidence against Modi.
JSM has moved SC against the HC verdict dismissing the NGO's plea against Modi.
Advocates Colin Gonsalves and Shreeji Bhavsar submitted for the NGO that the Commission should summon Modi because his role as the CM fell within the ambit of the probe panel's inquiry.
Nanavati Commission was formed in 2002. In September 2009, the Commission had rejected JSM's representation to summon Modi and five others for examining their role in the communal violence.
The HC in November 2009 rejected the NGO's appeal against the Commission's order. The court had then held that JSM's plea was premature.
A year later, the NGO once again moved HC arguing that Modi should have been summoned with regard to the Godhra train burning incident and the riots.