After declaring a Gujarat minister and a VHP leader as absconders, the Apex Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) is also examining the role of some police officers while probing afresh nine gruesome incidents during the post-Godhra riots in 2002.
Official sources said the SIT is reinvestigating the nine most gruesome cases of 2002 riots and the role of some political leaders, policemen including IPS officers and other accused is under the scanner. Some of the police officers are facing serious allegations over their handling of the riots.
Monday, the SIT declared Minister of State for Higher Education Mayaben Kodanani and former VHP leader Jaideep Patel absconders after the two accused failed to appear before the agency despite being repeatedly summoned.
"Having examined the role of political leaders like Mayaben Kodanani, Jaidip Patel and others, our officials are also examining the role of police officials," a senior official in the SIT told PTI on Tuesday.
SIT officials again visited the residences of Kodanani and Patel on Tuesday but they could not be traced. Both of them have sought anticipatory bail from the sessions court.
The hearing for their anticipatory bail has been fixed for Thursday.
The SIT official said that nine teams of the agency, probing each case, are engaged in the task to bring to book the culprits.
"There are serious allegations against a number of police officials including some IPS officials. So, we are examining the allegations and corroborating evidence regarding their role during the riots," he added.
Asked whether any senior police officer has been summoned so far, he said officers will certainly be questioned once the basic work of scrutiny is over.