"India's law is supreme," Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said after a five-hour questioning by the Supreme Court-appointed panel to probe his role in the 2002 riots.
"As a citizen and as the chief minister, I am bound by the constitution and law. Nobody is above the law," Modi said as he came out of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) office during a break in the questioning.
Modi said the probe panel had asked him to appear before it on Saturday. "I appeared before the SIT… My conduct should be a fitting reply to my critics. I hope the vested interests will stop (criticising me)."
Modi said he wanted the process of questioning should end on Saturday. "The probe in incomplete. I may have to come again. But I want to end it today."
The chief minister added that the SIT was made up of officers from outside Gujarat. "They are clearly working under the direction of the Supreme Court."
This is the first time Modi is being questioned in connection with the communal violence that swept Gujarat in 2002 following a train burning in Godhra that killed 59 people.