SIT gets nod to quiz Modi over 2002 riots
The Gujarat High Court has dismissed the stay petition and given a go-ahead to the Special Investigation Team, set up by the Supreme Court, to question state Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Godhra riots case. Modi along with 62 others, are named in the petition, which demands a fresh investigation into their role in the massacre.india Updated: Jul 24, 2009 19:55 IST
In fresh trouble for Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Gujarat High Court today dismissed a petition challenging the probe by the special investigation team (SIT) against him and 62 others during the 2002 riots.
Justice D H Vaghela dismissed the petition filed by former BJP MLA Kalu Malivad (one of the 62) stating that no
relief could be granted in the case as the SIT was directly working under the supervision of the Supreme Court.
Malivad had filed a petition in the Gujarat High Court demanding a stay on investigations by Supreme Court-appointed
SIT with regard to a complaint made by one Zakia Jaffrey.
Zakia, whose husband ex-MP Ehsan Jaffrey was killed during the riots in Gulburg society along with 39 others, had
alleged in her complaint that Modi, his cabinet colleagues, police officials and senior bureaucrats aided and abetted the
2002 post-Godhra riots.
Malivad, one of the persons named in Zakia's complaint, in his petition, had demanded stay on investigations and directions from the court to restrain SIT from arresting persons named in the complaint, including Modi.
Malivad contended that the apex court had asked SIT to "look into" the complaint, and this does not empower it to
investigate the case according to the provisions of CrPC as no FIR was registered in the matter.