Within days of a sting operation showing the alleged involvement of VHP and BJP functionaries in the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, activist Teesta Setalvad has moved the Supreme Court seeking summoning of the original CDs, transcripts and all other material available with Tehelka.
In an intervention application filed in the court, Setalvad, the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) secretary said: “The survivors and witnesses are in serious danger with those accused of mass crimes roaming free, gloating about the accused who raped, killed, made arms and conspired with the topmost authorities in the state.” The CJP is likely to seek urgent hearing of the issue next week.
The application was filed in connection with a petition seeking transfer of 13 cases related to Godhra mass arson, Gulbarg massacre, Naroda Gaon and Naroda Patiya massacres, Sardarpura and Ode killings which are pending before the Supreme Court since November 2003.
The National Human Rights Commission and the CJP had filed separate petitions for transfer of these cases out of the state but the Gujarat Government has been opposing the plea on the ground that, among others, it would amount to questioning the impartiality of the judicial system in the state.
Stating that the life of 190 eyewitnesses and survivors was in grave danger, she requested the court “to treat the issue with the immediacy of a life-threatening situation.”