In a further jolt to the Narendra Modi Government, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay a Gujarat High Court order lifting the terror tag from the 2002 Godhra train burning incident that claimed 59 karsevaks triggering statewide anti-Muslim riots.
Petitioner Sardarji Maganji Vaghela Suresh, who lost his son in the carnage, has challenged the order of the Gujarat High Court dismissing his petition against the POTA Review Committee’s recommendation to drop POTA charges against the 134 accused in the case.
Senior counsel L. Nageshwar Rao mentioned his petition before a bench, which agreed to hear it on March 6. The Gujarat government too is understood to have challenged the HC verdict and its appeal is likely to come up for hearing on the same date.
While lifting the terror tag from the case, the HC had on February 12 allowed the petitioner to approach the SC within two weeks against its verdict.